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AS-DOH receives HSS grant to strengthen health infrastructure and workforce

Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata and others
Part of a a five-year project through fiscal year 2027
Source: Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata’s staff

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASG has received a $3.8 million federal funding notification from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency within HHS.

This discretionary health services grant, specifically $3,781,921, is for American Samoa Department of Health to strengthen health infrastructure, workforce and related areas as part of an ongoing project and was announced in a press release from Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata’s office.

“We cannot say thank you enough to our healthcare professionals that are there for us in times of illness or injury,” said Congresswoman Amata. “Thank you especially to Emergency Preparedness Director Faleatafa Ben Sili for the leadership and work on this grant. As I’ve said before, Congress makes funds available to federal departments and agencies, then there’s the important local work that goes into applying and qualifying for these grants for our people. We always appreciate federal support, especially for health needs, so thank you to HHS and CDC. Congratulations to Governor Lemanu Mauga, Lt. Governor La’apui Talauega Ale, and Director Motusa Nua as they direct these efforts.”

The grant, through CDC’s Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, is one year’s allocation of a five-year project through fiscal year 2027.