The Division of Public Health has received $10.5 million in federal grants for its prevention programs, according to Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. CEO Juan N. Babauta Thursday.
This federal funding ensures that the division's mission of preventive health services will continue unabated despite the many challenges facing the corporation, Babauta said in a statement.
The total grant amount of $10,511,210 will be divided among the six programs administered by the division.
“Every program within the corporation's Division of Public Health focuses on prevention, ensuring that members of our community do not get sick. Educating the community and providing early intervention while detecting diseases at the earliest stage possible will prevent hospital visits and save time and money, but most importantly, it will save lives. And saving lives is what we do,” Babauta said.
The bulk of the $10.5-million grant will go to the Women, Infants, and Children program, which was awarded $5.7 million this fiscal year.
The second highest award, $1 million, went to the Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood H.O.M.E. Visiting Program, which provides home health services to high-risk populations.
Babauta said families who are unable to avail of the corporation's services due to distance, lack of transportation, or financial hardship now have an alternative in the H.O.M.E. (Healthy Outcome for Maternal and Early-childhood) Visiting Program, which provides immunizations, prenatal care, baby checkups, parent-child education, referrals, and transportation.
A total of $442,796 goes to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.
Behavioral Health Services, which includes substance abuse prevention, treatment, recovery, and mental health, was awarded $647,150.
A subsection of Behavioral Health Services, Project Brabu, was granted $974,674. Project Brabu seeks to reduce underage drinking, reduce drinking and driving, prevent substance abuse, and promote behavioral health.
The Public Health/Hospital Preparedness Program received $658,184 to protect the community from health threats such as disease outbreaks, food-borne illnesses, pandemic influenza, and other manmade or natural disasters, while the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program and Early Hearing Detection Program was awarded $387,400.