Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) $377,923 in federal financial assistance.
According to a release from the Congresswoman, these funds will improve the DPHSS’s efforts in responding to infectious, occupational, and environmental incidents that endanger the public’s health.
The grant is a part of a five-year Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement program, extending from 2011 to 2016, that assists the states, territories, and freely associated states in achieving 15 public health preparedness capabilities that promote safer and more resilient communities.
These capabilities include: public health laboratory testing; public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation; community preparedness; medical countermeasure dispensing; medical material management and distribution; responder safety and health; emergency operations coordination; emergency public information and warning; information sharing; non-pharmaceutical intervention; medical surge; volunteer management; community recovery; fatality management; and mass care.
“The funding received today will improve Guam’s ability to respond to natural disasters, or chemical or biological incidents, that threaten the health and safety of our communities. I commend the DPHSS for their efforts in securing this grant, and I look forward to seeing these funds improve public health safety and emergency preparedness on Guam.”