Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced an additional $86 million in funding for tribal health departments tied to the population of their jurisdiction.
“Our local and tribal health departments have been - and continue to be - on the frontlines of responding to the pandemic here in Wisconsin,” said Governor Evers. “Their dedicated health officers and staff have helped keep us safe, and we must provide them with the funding they need to continue doing just that.”
The funding is meant to alleviate the pandemic's strain on public health departments across the state, including vaccine administration, contact tracing and testing expenses.
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“As we expand ways in which people can get vaccinated from COVID-19, our local and tribal health departments continue to be significant critical partners in that work, like they have been for testing and tracing,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “This funding recognizes the key role our public health partners play in keeping our state healthy and safe.”
The $86 million comes from the Epidemiology and Lab Capacity grant given by the CDC.