Millions Awarded for Public Health

Millions Awarded for Public Health

San Bernardino, CA

The California Department of Public Health (DPH) has awarded the County of San Bernardino more than ten million dollars for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and State General Fund Pandemic Influenza (Pan Flu) programs. 

The County Director of Public Health, Trudy Raymundo, reported the grant will cover a five-year period, July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022, and will enable support for public health emergency preparedness. 

Raymundo further explained that DPH will use the PHEP and Pan Flu programs funds to prepare, plan, respond to, and mitigate public health emergencies, and to improve pandemic response plans, mass vaccination clinics for seasonal influenza, and strengthen alternate care sites for all residents countywide. The grant includes $9,648,555 for the PHEP program and $646,710 for the Pan Flu program. 

DPH has received funding for the PHEP and Pan Flu programs from the DPH since 2002. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides PHEP program funding for public health emergency preparedness and response activities and to enhance preparedness in response to large-scale bioterrorist events throughout California. Pan Flu program funding is appropriated from the California State General Fund to assist local health departments in developing and maintaining pandemic influenza preparedness. 

Also, according to Raymundo, although the grant award is for five years, “Annual PHEP and Pan Flu programs’ funding is contingent upon DPH submitting annual work plan and budget documents to the State and the State’s subsequent review and approval.” 

If the State of California issues an amendment to the grant award, DPH will be required to seek further approval from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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