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HHS 2015 preparedness grants hold at 2014 level

July 7, 2015
by Robert Roos
CIDRAP

In a comment on this year's funding, the executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit public health advocacy group, criticized the HPP grants as too low.

"The major concern I have is that hospital preparedness funding especially is insufficient for the task at hand," Jeff Levi, PhD, told CIDRAP News. "These funds have been cut by about 50% in the decade before the first domestic Ebola cases [in 2014], which meant the healthcare system can't build even a basic level of preparedness.

"Congress seems to be paying more attention to the role of public health in preparing for infectious disease and other national security threats, so hopefully that translates to consistent, sufficient funding for both programs as the FY2016 appropriations process moves forward."

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