Health departments across the country will receive more than $840 million in cooperative agreements from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to improve and sustain emergency preparedness of state and local public health and health care systems.

The cooperative agreement funds are distributed through two federal preparedness programs: the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) programs. Nationwide, HHS has awarded a total of $228.5 million for HPP and $611 million for PHEP in fiscal year 2015.

“Protecting health from the impacts of emergencies – whether it’s a disease outbreak or a natural disaster – requires constant, continuous vigilance,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response (ASPR). “States and communities leverage our program every day to enhance community resilience and protect the nation’s health security.”

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