$25 million available for preparedness grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is making $25 million for hospitals and other health care facilities via a competitive emergency care grant program that will focus on hospital surge capacity, emergency care system capability, and community and hospital preparedness for public health emergencies.

According to HHS, grants will be awarded for projects that will:

  • develop plans for strengthening public health emergency medical management, and the provision of emergency care and treatment capabilities;
  • help integrate public and private emergency care system capabilities with public health and other first responder systems through periodic preparedness and response capabilities via drills and exercises; and integrate public health (including private sector organizations), medical donations, and volunteers;
  • improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and expandability of emergency care systems and overall preparedness and response capabilities in hospitals, other health care facilities, and trauma and emergency medical service systems, with respect to public health emergencies.

Grant applications may be filed online at www.grants.gov and must be received no later than 5 p.m. EST on Sept. 7, 2007.