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CDC Awards Money to Community Health Services Fighting COVID-19
By Brian W. Carter, Contributing Writer
Published September 9, 2021

CDC also awarded more than $6 million of a four-year $32 million program for training, technical assistance, and evaluation. AP Photo

As of Monday, September 6, Public Health reported 11 new deaths and stated 1,540 new cases of COVID-19. There were 1,480 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 with 16% of nearly 8,259,000 individuals testing positive with symptoms.

Public Health identified 1,420,560 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 25,456 deaths. Cases across the Southland: Los Angeles County shows 1,346,287 cases, Long Beach with 61,466 cases and Pasadena with 12,807 cases.

According to race and ethnicity, COVID-19 statistics show: American Indian/Alaska Native with 2,275; Asian with 64,083; Black with 63,139; Hispanic/Latino with 697,979; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander with 4,946; White with 161,077; those of other race and ethnicity with 114,679 and 238,109 under investigation. These numbers may have change over the course of the week due to a delay in reporting over the holiday weekend according to Public Health.

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Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded more than $116 million in the first year, which is from a three-year $348 million program, to organizations for community health worker (CHW) services to support COVID-19 prevention and control. CHWs are frontline public health workers with trusted relationships with the community, who facilitate access to a variety of services and resources for community members. CDC also awarded more than $6 million of a four-year $32 million program for training, technical assistance, and evaluation.

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The funding is intended for recipients to address:

*Disparities in access to COVID-19 related services, such as testing, contact tracing, and immunization.

*Factors that increase risk of severe COVID-19 illness, such as chronic diseases, smoking, and pregnancy.

*Community needs that have been exacerbated by COVID-19, such as health and mental health care access and food insecurity.
CHWs support communities that are at high risk and hit hard by COVID-19. These awards, funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will provide critical support to states, localities, territories, tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, or health service providers for tribes.

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The organizations awarded received an amount determined by population size, poverty rates and COVID-19 statistics. A few organizations received additional funding to conduct demonstration projects towards developing innovative approaches to strengthen community health workers through policy, systems, or environmental changes.

Done Please visit www.cdc.gov/covid-community-health-workers/index.html for more info on the list of awardees.

For more detailed information on COVID-19 vaccination plans in L.A. County and to sign up for a vaccination newsletter, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com

For more information and statistics on COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:

*Los Angeles County Department of Public Health http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

*California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/index.html Spanish https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html

*World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

*LA County residents can also call 2-1-1

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