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White House to Invest $250M in HHS Health Literacy Program to Support Underserved Populations

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The White House announced that it will make a $250 million investment to promote COVID-19 vaccination and safety among racial and ethnic minority populations and other underserved populations and the Department of Health and Human Services will provide the funds in the form of health literacy grants. 

HHS said Monday that the office of minority health expects to fund about 43 projects in rural communities and 30 initiatives in urban communities for two years as part of the Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 program.

Under the program, localities will work with community-based organizations to promote health literacy among rural, minority and other vulnerable populations. Funding recipients will use local data to come up with a disparity impact assessment and a health literacy plan to connect underserved populations to vital health services during the pandemic.

Applications for the new initiative are due April 20th.

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