September 17, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced that Nevada will receive nearly $3.9 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund that was created by the newly enacted Affordable Care Act for prevention activities across the state. The state will also receive over $3.5 million secured by Senator Reid for a number of health programs, including health facility construction, workforce training, diabetes prevention and treatment for Native Americans, and injection safety.
“These grants will go a long way toward supporting better disease prevention and improving health facilities in Nevada,” said Reid. “This funding will also help train health care workers to and improve patient safety.”
Specifically, the Southern Nevada Health District will receive a $3.8 million “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” grant which will be used for obesity prevention programs. This award is funded under the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. An additional Affordable Care Act grant of almost $90,000 was awarded to the Nevada State Department of Health and Human Services this week to support HIV Surveillance-Enhancing Laboratory Reporting.
In addition to the Affordable Care Act awards announced this week, the Department of Health and Human Services released additional funding for Nevada, including: $750,000 in construction funding for Touro University in Henderson, $792,000 in health facilities construction funding for Renown Hospital in Reno, $891,000 in funding for Nevada State College as well as $200,000 for mental health data infrastructure improvements for the NV State Department of Health and Human Services.
Nevada will also receive over $250,000 in Recovery Act funding to strengthen and expand the health professions workforce. These funds will support dental faculty loan repayment at UNLV and loan repayment at UNR.
The Department of Health and Human Services also announced this week that three Nevada tribes will benefit from funding from the Special Diabetes Program, a program Senator Reid helped to create in 1997. These funds will support diabetes treatment and prevention strategies targeted to Native American populations.
• The Walker River Paiute Tribe will receive $176,656
• The Ely Shoshone Tribe will receive $ 114,677
• The Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe will receive $ 225,108.
In the wake of the 2008 crisis that needlessly put Nevadans at risk of contracting Hepatitis C, Reid has supported nationwide efforts to train nurses, doctors, and physician assistants in safe injection practices. As part of this continued effort, the Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that the Nevada State Department of Health and Human Services will receive $180,086 for a patient safety campaign that raises awareness among the public and health care providers about safe injection practices.