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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (November 29, 2022) – The City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District received a $25.5 million grant from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention covering a five-year period through 2027. Supported by the American Rescue Plan Act, the Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce and Data Systems grant will impact Metro Health's strategic objectives in the SA Forward Plan.
The CDC announced it will be awarding a $3.9 billion grant over the next five years to help state, local and territorial jurisdictions across the United States with a purpose of strengthening their public health workforce and infrastructure.
"We deeply appreciate this significant assistance, and I want to specifically thank Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm for their support and confidence in the SA Forward plan," said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. "Additionally, we are grateful to Congressman Joaquin Castro for his instrumental support of San Antonio's bid to obtain this public health funding."
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"San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is a critical resource for both San Antonio's community and environmental health," said Congressman Castro. "These federal funds will help Metro Health modernize its services and hire more personnel to improve our city's access to health care over the next five years. I look forward to continuing to work with the City of San Antonio to ensure we keep moving forward and that San Antonio families receive the federal support they deserve."
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, $3 billion will be used to recruit, retain, and train public health workers in jurisdictions, including contact tracers, community health workers, epidemiologists, and data analysts. Funds will also be used for stronger infrastructure and resources to enable public health across communities, especially in marginalized areas. Through this grant, Metro Health will strengthen their public health workforce and infrastructure.
"Public health is one of the top priorities in the City's federal agenda," said District 8 Councilman Manny Peláez, who chairs the Intergovernmental Relations Council Committee. "We've been very strategic and intentional in our pursuit of federal funding on behalf of our community, and I'm thrilled to see millions of San Antonian's federal tax dollars are coming home."
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San Antonio continues to thrive in public health services. Based on the 2022 Community Survey, public health received a 25% increase in satisfaction since 2018.
"Our grant application requested funding to accelerate the implementation of the SA Forward Plan and modernize the functions and capabilities of our Metro Health Department." said City Manager Erik Walsh. "I am proud of the Metro Health Department for their continuous efforts in obtaining necessary resources that will help build a healthier and more prosperous community."
"I am excited and honored that Metro Health was awarded with a first-of-its-kind grant that will transform the way we operate and build resilience," said Metro Health Director Claude A. Jacob. "This grant will allow us to fully implement our SA Forward Plan, a critical one for building the workplace, enhancing infrastructure to combat future threats to public health, and providing equal resources throughout Bexar County."
For more information on the CDC infrastructure grant, the community can visit www.cdc.gov/infrastructure/.
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