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Virginia to receive more than $23 million for health-care preparedness

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Virginia has been awarded more than $23 million in federal funds for health-care and public health preparedness.

The money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is part of $971 million awarded to states, territories and four major metro areas to improve preparedness and health outcomes for a wide range of public health threats.

Virginia expects to receive $8.7 million of the approximately $352 million awarded nationally for the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) cooperative agreement. HPP funding supports preparedness for health care systems, health care coalitions, and health care organizations.

In addition, Virginia has been awarded more than $15 million of the $619 million awarded for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement. The federal Ceners for Disease Control and Prevention administers the PHEP program to support the preparedness of state and local public health systems.

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