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SAPHA Signs Letter to HHS for Increased Funding to Address COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities

Originally published on Newsweek.

SAPHA, along with a broad coalition of groups, signed a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar for increased funding measures to address disparities in how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting minority and rural communities, as well as seniors and other vulnerable groups.

The letter was in reference to the department’s Office of Minority Health grant opportunity offering a $10 million to $24 million grant to create a “national infrastructure for mitigating the impact of COVID-19 within racial and ethnic minority communities.”

An excerpt from the full letter:

“We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to you concerning the recent grant opportunity announced by the United States Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Minority Health (OMH) entitled “National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities” MP-CPI-20-006.

While we applaud the Department’s efforts, we are disappointed that it will only award one grant to establish a national infrastructure for mitigating the impact of COVID-19 within communities of color and rural communities.”