The Biden administration announced Wednesday a new $2.25 billion initiative to address health equity issues related to Covid-19.
The grant, funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services, will expand health services to help reduce Covid-19-related health disparities.
The money will fund programs to improve and increase access to testing and contact tracing among vulnerable populations, including communities of color and among people who live in rural communities. These communities have been underserved and are at higher risk for more severe Covid-19 disease.
Money will also be used to improve infection control and will help fund partner programs that can advance health equity and better address the social determinants of health that make Covid-19 a much bigger challenge for these communities.
“Everyone in America should have equal opportunity to be as healthy as possible,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement. “This investment will be monumental in anchoring equity at the center of our nation’s COVID-19 response—and is a key step forward in bringing resources and focus to health inequities that have for far too long persisted in our country.”
The grant funding will be provided over two years.