Matsui, CHHS, and Sacramento Native American Health Center Accounce HHS Grants to Fund Critical Public Health Initiatives

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2019 | Kyle Morse (202-557-4880) | comments

Sacramento, CA – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06), the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) and the Sacramento Native American Health Center announced three U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to fund suicide prevention, hospital preparedness, and childhood immunization and vaccination programs.

“In the face of today’s public health challenges, partnership between federal, state, and local entities is critical to improving health outcomes,” said Congresswoman Matsui, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “These grants will help CHHS and the Sacramento Native American Health Center take those challenges head-on and help us build stronger, healthier communities. I am proud of the amazing work being done in Sacramento – and across California – through these programs, and I look forward to continue working with CHHS and the Sacramento Native American Health Center to secure funding so that they can continue delivering new and innovative health care solutions.”

“Federal funds resulting from key partnerships between the federal, state and local governments allow for the strengthening of California’s healthcare system in preparation for response to disasters and epidemics,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. “Congresswoman Matsui’s dedication to California and her assistance in securing these funds help protect Californians from the threat of vaccine-preventable diseases while continuing to enhance our preparedness capabilities for wildfires, mudslides and other emergency situations.”

“Suicide rates among American Indian’s and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) are unacceptably high. Nationally, AI/AN suicide rates are higher than the overall rate and is the second leading cause of death among youth. Mental health services for youth can be difficult to access and the health care system can be even more difficult to navigate,” said Britta Guerrero, Chief Executive Officer of the Sacramento Native American Health Center. “We know that our community is resilient and that through strengthening protective factors such a cultural connectedness and youth-led safe spaces we can make a meaningful impact. The Sacramento community is ready to do this work and SNAHC is honored to be part of it!”

CHHS, through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), will receive over $60.1 million to be split between programs dealing with the challenges in immunizations and vaccines for children, and hospital preparedness.

The CDPH’s Vaccines for Children Program helps families by providing vaccines at no cost to providers who serve eligible children from birth through 18 years of age. The Hospital Preparedness Program stands as a leader in helping to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness for public health emergencies.

The Sacramento Native American Health Center will receive $736,000 to fund their suicide prevention and early intervention initiative within their mental health branch.

The Sacramento Native American Health Center’s suicide prevention program works to support states and tribes with implementing youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies in schools and other youth-serving organizations. With this new injection of funds, the program is expected to increase the number of youth-serving organizations who are able to identify and work with youth at risk of suicide as well as increase the capacity of clinical service providers to assess, manage, and treat youth at risk of suicide.

Last week, Congresswoman Matsui introduced bicameral legislation to authorize and appropriate $2 billion per year in public health funding to fully restore the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). The PPHF supports vaccination programs such as those grant-funded administered through CDPH, chronic disease prevention programs, and health education programs.

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