CDC awards grants for public health performance management systems

$42.5 million allocated for 94 projects in state, local health departments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help state and local public health departments improve their performance management, training and collaboration by awarding them $42.5 million in grants.

The money is being distributed to 94 projects in 49 states, 16 tribes and territories and nine local jurisdictions. The five-year cooperative agreement awards are being funded by the health care reform law.

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The awards will enable public health departments create performance management systems to evaluate their quality and effectiveness of service, and will train their staff to improve efficiency. Additional aims are to increase collaboration among public health centers and expand use of best practices.

Dr. Judith Monroe, the CDC's deputy director for state, tribal, local and territorial support, said the funds will help the departments work more effectively and efficiently and will foster a national performance management infrastructure for public health, according to a Sept. 20 news release.

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