Archive for the ‘Recovery Act’ Category

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Sebelius to MISSAPPROPRIATE $200 Million Recovery Act Funds

July 28, 2009

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Contact: HRSA Press Office

(301) 443-3376

Secretary Sebelius Makes Recovery Act Funding Available to Expand Health
Professions Training

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of $200
million to support grants, loans, loan repayment, and scholarships to expand
the training of health care professionals.  The funds are expected to
train approximately 8,000 students and credentialed health professionals by the
end of fiscal year 2010.

Today’s funds are part of the $500 million allotted to HHS’ Health Resources
and Services Administration (HRSA), to address workforce shortages under the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“Health care reform cannot happen without an adequate supply of
well-trained, well-distributed providers,” said Secretary Sebelius.
“These ARRA funds provide targeted investments in primary care, nursing,
faculty development, and equipment purchases that will shore up the workforce
as we prepare for reform.”

“Our health professions programs have been significantly underfunded these
past few years,” said Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of the Health
Resources and Services Administration. “These funds will help us begin to
rebuild the infrastructure that is so essential to producing the number of
skilled health professionals the Nation needs.”

The $200 million will be directed to the following program areas:

  • $80.2 million for scholarships, loans, and loan repayment
    awards to students, health professionals, and faculty.  Of those
    funds, $39 million will be targeted to nurses and nurse faculty, $40
    million to disadvantaged students in a wide range of health professions,
    and $1.2 million to health professions faculty from disadvantaged
    backgrounds.
  • $50 million in grants to health professions training
    programs.  Funds will be used to purchase equipment needed to expand
    programs and improve the quality of training.
  • $47.6 million to support primary care training programs.
    These funds will support the training of residents, medical students,
    physician assistants, dentists and individuals, many of whom will practice
    in underserved areas.
  • $10.5 million to strengthen the public health
    workforce.  Funds will support public health traineeships and
    increase the number of individuals trained through preventive medicine and
    dental public health residencies.
  • $10.2 million to increase the diversity of the health
    professions workforce.
  • And $1.5 million to support the efforts of state
    professional licensing boards in reducing barrier to telemedicine.

HRSA is using a competitive process to award all funds. Some awards will be
made over the next several months. In addition, funding opportunities for some
programs will be announced over the next several months, giving applicants
adequate time to prepare materials.

The remaining $300 million in ARRA workforce funds is being used to expand HRSA’s
National Health Service Corps, which provides scholarships and loan repayment
for primary care providers who serve in health professional shortage
areas.  In addition, HRSA received $2 billion through ARRA to expand
health care services to low-income and uninsured individuals through its health
center program.

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$90 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Bolster Water Services in Indian Country and Create Jobs

July 8, 2009

$90 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Bolster Water Services in Indian Country and Create Jobs

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Contact: EPA: (202) 564-7873 or (202) 564-4355
IHS: (301) 443-3593
$90 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Bolster Water Services in Indian Country and Create Jobs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Indian Health Service (IHS) today announced $90 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for improved access to vital drinking water and wastewater services in the American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The funds will be invested in ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure projects designed to better protect human and environmental health in Indian Country and to create jobs.

“This investment is win-win. Addressing long-standing water issues in tribal communities is also going to bring in new jobs and new opportunities – helping them get through the economic downturn and build a lasting foundation for prosperity,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “EPA is committed to working with our tribal partners on solutions that benefit our environment, our health, and our economy.”

“This generous Recovery Act funding will make communities in Indian Country safer, healthier and stronger,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “Everyone should have safe drinking water and sanitation facilities and we’re committed to improving the quality of life in Indian Country.”

Continuing a tradition spanning 20 years, EPA and IHS’ combined effort to improve water services in Indian Country contributed to their identification of 95 wastewater and 64 drinking water priority projects to be completed by IHS’ Sanitation Facilities Construction Program through EPA Recovery Act funds. The projects exceed the Recovery Act requirement that 20 percent of the funds be used for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency improvements and other environmentally innovative projects.

According to 2007 data from the IHS, approximately 10 percent of tribal homes do not have safe drinking water and/or wastewater disposal facilities compared with 0.6 percent of non-native homes in the United States that lack such infrastructure as measured in 2005 by the U.S. Census. The water and wastewater infrastructure programs are a significant effort to improve tribal access to safe and adequate drinking and wastewater facilities. For example, a project to benefit the Tule River Tribe in Porterville, Calif., will replace failing septic systems, which threaten public health and the environment, with a community wastewater system. The White Mountain Apache Tribe in Whiteriver, Ariz., will benefit from an efficient surface water treatment facility which will provide the quality of drinking water needed to protect the health of residents in over 2,000 homes.

President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on Feb. 17, 2009, and has directed that the Recovery Act be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability. To that end, the American people can see how every dollar is being invested at recovery.gov.

More information about all the EPA Recovery Act water efforts: http://www.epa.gov/water/eparecovery/.

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