CDC awards $40 million to states for HAI prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced plans to distribute $40 million to state health departments to help prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).  This is the first time Congress has appropriated HAI prevention funds specifically to states. 

According to the CDC News Release, the program is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will be distributed through cooperative agreements to 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico to maximize prevention efforts such as:

  • HAI Action Plan
  • Increasing health care facilities’ and health departments’ use of  CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, a surveillance system that allows HAI data to be tracked, analyzed and compared for prevention efforts
  • Hiring and training public health staff to promote and lead HAI prevention initiatives
  • Complementing HAI investments from other HHS agencies

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, September 3, 2009; Center for Disease Control and Prevention, http://cdc.gov, accessed September 14, 2009)