The Department of Health and Human Services Security (HHS) will invest $194.5 million in health care system preparedness and response to Ebola, and the development of a regional Ebola treatment strategy.
HHS will offer the funds to states and other entities through its Hospital Preparedness Program Ebola Preparedness and Response Activities.
Health systems across the U.S. have bolstered response and preparedness to the Ebola virus since the fall of 2014, the HHS said last week. State and local health officials have been working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and hospitals to increase proficiency in treating Ebola cases.
“I’d like to thank cities, states, and hospitals across the country and the public health community for stepping up and taking action,” HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Nicole Lurie said. “We are building on the work we’ve already done and further investing in domestic preparedness to protect the public’s health from Ebola, as well as boosting preparedness for many other types of health threats.”
The funding is in addition to emergency funds that will be awarded through the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program. This brings funding for Ebola preparedness and response activity to $339.5 million in the U.S.
HHS wants to build upon the tiered response that is currently in place in order to better serve the public with considerations for institutional capacity and geographical need. This tiered plan would include up to 10 regional centers specifically for the treatment of emerging diseases as well as state or jurisdictional centers.
All states, Washington D.C. and certain metropolitan areas will receive funding from this program.