Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced July 26, 2017 that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will receive $5,989,945 through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP).
“Public health threats are often unannounced and spread quickly, which is why it is imperative that we take proactive measures to improve the preparedness and response capabilities of our state’s health system,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “This welcome investment will help bolster our state’s ability to address potential public health emergencies and keep our communities safe.”
The CDC established the HPP and PHEP to help health departments build and strengthen their abilities to effectively respond to a range of public health threats, including infectious diseases; natural disasters; and biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological events. The CDC is an agency within the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services.