WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded two grants totaling $419,745 to the University of Guam and the Guam Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, according to a statement issued Thursday by the office of Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU).
UOG was awarded a $225,000 discretionary grant through the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration Division of Grants Management Operations to implement the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention program. These funds will be used to ensure children who are born with or develop hearing loss in infancy are identified early and provided with appropriate treatment and care.
The Guam DMHSA received $194,745 as part of a cooperative agreement grant through the HHS Administration on Aging to expand and enhance Guam's Aging and Disability Resource Center program. This grant will be used to streamline the enrollment process, improve coordination with the State Health Insurance Program, implement person-centered discharge planning, and expand electronic community health records for seniors and people with disabilities.
“These grants will assist our island's healthcare professionals in improving the delivery of healthcare services to our community,” said Bordallo. “In particular, the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention grant will be critical to helping detect hearing impairments in infants early in their development. Additionally, improvements to the Aging and Disability Resource Center program will help to address the needs of seniors and those with disabilities. I commend the University of Guam and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for working to secure these funds. I look forward to seeing these projects improve healthcare services on Guam.” (PR)