Indiana and Marion County will receive more than $40 million in federal funds of a $2.25 billion national purse aimed at addressing health disparities stemming from the COVID pandemic.
The money represents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s largest investment to date focused on improving health equity.
Geared for local and state health departments, the grants focus on improving COVID testing and contact tracing for higher risk, underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minority groups. This money can also be used to reduce COVID-19-related health disparities and improve the ability to control viral spread, the CDC said in a press release.
The Indiana State Department of Health will receive $34.8 million, including more than $7.89 million geared toward rural communities.
The Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County will receive more than $5.9 million. In all, Indiana received $40,705,446 from the CDC.
The grants run for two years.