Maine CDC Press Release

September 21, 2010

Maine CDC Awarded $8.8 Million Over Five Years to Improve Public Health System

Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, Director
Maine CDC
or John Martins, Director
Employee and Public Communications

AUGUSTA - Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Department of Health and Human Services has received an award of $1.76 million per year for five years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for improvements to Maine’s public health system.

Funded by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the goal of this and similar awards that will be administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to make programs and people in the public health system more efficient and effective.

The goal of these funds includes improving health departments’ performance management capacity and the ability to meet national public health standards. In Maine, these funds will: complete an electronic death certificate system; make necessary updates to an electronic birth certificate system; build systems to allow health care providers to more easily transfer information on immunizations to Maine CDC; apply public health performance management principles in Maine CDC and its work; improve capacity for health planning at the state and district level; and make public health data more accessible.

“As a result of this grant’s work, public health data and information will be more available more quickly to those who need it,” said Brenda Harvey, Commissioner of Maine DHHS. “This will improve the ability for health care providers and public health professionals to make decisions. As a result, the quality and efficiency of healthcare will improve.”

“Investing in public health builds a foundation for a strong and healthy society and contributes to lowering the cost of health care. Investing in proven preventive services and strong policies help us avoid unnecessary costs later,” said U.S. CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

“These funds are a down payment on improving public health services across the nation,” said Dr. Judith A. Monroe, CDC’s Deputy Director for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. “With these funds, we will help our nation’s public health departments work more effectively and efficiently to detect and respond to public health problems. This program will strengthen the nation’s public health system and our ability to improve the health and well being of all Americans.”

More than 140 applications from health departments were received by the CDC since its original funding announcement in July 2010. Seventy-five state and other health departments were awarded the performance management component of these funds, which amounts to $100,000 in Maine. Only 14 states and five other health departments received the highly competitive second component of these funds. Maine received $1.66 million in this component.

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