STATE—New Jersey has been awarded nearly $40 million in federal funding to enhance efforts on a state and local level to respond to H1N1 influenza this fall, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard announced Tuesday.
The funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is part of a national effort to coordinate and strengthen the response to H1N1 influenza at all levels of government—state, county and local health and education agencies and in the private sector— and with the department’s health care and business partners.
About $20 million of the funding has been designated for county and local public health agencies to be used for vaccination planning, antiviral distribution and community mitigation measures.
An additional $9 million will be awarded to New Jersey hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Satellite Emergency Departments. This funding will be used to enhance the capabilities of the healthcare workforce to administer H1N1 vaccine and address other associated pandemic preparedness activities.
Also, $2 million will be awarded to five regional health care facilities to purchase personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves, surgical gowns and supplies. This equipment will be available to healthcare facilities within each region.
The state used nearly $7 million of the federal funding for response, vaccination planning, antiviral distribution and a public education campaign.
The state will also purchase personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves for emergency responders. An additional $1.8 million is earmarked for enhancement of its Public Health and Environmental Laboratories (PHEL) and surveillance capabilities.
There is $1 million in funding that is being kept in reserve for emerging issues that may arise during the H1N1 response.
The $40 million in federal funding includes $10 million in preparedness funds previously announced in July.
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