At an April 11 meeting, commissioners accepted the grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The funds were made available through a $3.95 billion multicomponent grant provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC grant program will provide funding for workforce development, foundational capabilities, data modernization, and technical assistance and training over the next five years.The investment is to better prepare the nation’s public health systems for emergencies, such as COVID-19, and to meet the evolving and complex needs of the communities and populations they serve, according to grant documents.
Per the contract between the county and the state, required activities for grantees include:
- Recruiting and hiring new public health personnel—such as professional, clinical, disease investigation, program or administrative staff
- Creating new positions
- Improving hiring incentives
- Retaining staff and creating promotional opportunities
- Addressing the workforce’s mental, emotional and physical well-being
- Maintaining and upgrading human resource systems
- Identifying ways to better collect and use workforce data
- Identifying policies that could facilitate more efficient and effective workplace development and management