Beatty Announces Another $3.3+ Million in COVID-19 Funding for Columbus
COLUMBUS, OH—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week announced that the City of Columbus will receive a $3,396,978 grant to address racial health disparities related to COVID-19 as well as to improve outreach in communities hardest hit by the pandemic. Funding was made available through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, P.L. 116-260, a piece of legislation supported by U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03).
“Right now, the sad reality is that Black Americans are being hospitalized at nearly three times the rate from COVID-19 as compared to their white counterparts, not to mention that they are almost twice as likely to die. The statistics are just as bad for the Latinx community and Asian Americans,” Beatty said. “I have heard from countless constituents about the all-too common heartache, life-changing impact, and systemic barriers facing their families because of the ongoing public health crisis. As Representative of Ohio’s Third Congressional District and Chair of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus, I refuse to stand idly by as more of our family members, friends, and neighbors die.” She continued, “That is why I was insistent on securing billions of dollars to provide much-needed support and dedicated resources to the people and communities that need it the most, and I promise to keep working with my congressional colleagues to improve the lives, livelihoods, and future of all Americans.”
Specifically, this grant was awarded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS), under HHS authority, and is one of 107 two-year, non-research grants to state and local recipients. This groundbreaking $2.25 billion funding agreement represents CDC’s largest investment to date focusing on reducing health disparities related to COVID-19.