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Amata welcomes children’s immunization and maintenance assistance grants for American Samoa

Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Source: Office of the Congresswoman

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a federal health care grant for American Samoa from the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department.

The discretionary grant of $588,815 was awarded to the American Samoa Department of Health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is an agency within HHS. This grant provides federal funding for immunization and vaccines for children.

“This grant will bring much needed aid for our local efforts to immunize and vaccinate our children from potentially harmful diseases,” said Aumua Amata. “Furthermore, this federal grant, and others like it, provide us with more resources to protect the territory’s most important assets- our children. Thanks to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield, director Motusa Tuileuma Nua, and Faraitoafa Utu for their leadership on this issue.”

The Congresswoman also welcomes multiple federal grants from the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) through their Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP).

Multiple ASG departments received these federal grants.

The Department of Public Safety received $287,000 for their maintenance and rehabilitation program. Additionally, the LBJ Tropical Medical Center received $1,359,000 to aid their critical infrastructure projects. Finally, the Ronald Reagan Shipyard Authority received $80,000 for their apprenticeship training program.

“All of these federal grants are extremely important in order to maintain the critical infrastructure of our territory,” said the Congresswoman. “DPS, LBJ, and the Shipyard Authority are all essential to ASG, and these federal grants ensure that we have the necessary resources to maintain them well into the future. Thank you to Interior Secretary Bernhardt and all our local officials for their hard work and dedication to the people of American Samoa.”