LANE COUNTY, Ore. --- Oregon Health Authority and other officials announced details about $4 million in state funding that is going out to Local Public Health Authorities (LPHA), Tribes and Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA – the Urban Indian Health Program in Oregon) to support their COVID-19 response.
The amounts allocated for LPHA, Tribe and NARA combine for total $4 million.
Basic facts about the funding:
- All LPHAs, the nine-federally recognized Tribes in Oregon, and NARA are receiving the funds.
- Total amount to these recipients is $4 million, representing a substantial portion of the funds approved by the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board on March 9.
- Funding amounts are based on a funding formula as well as COVID-19 cases and investigative work as of March 10, 2020.
- Funds can be used to support local and tribal COVID-19 response, including:
- Reporting, monitoring and controlling of COVID-19 in communities
- Identification and screening of contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals
- Education, prevention and related communications activities to share information with the public and community partners
“We believe that those funds will have a significant positive impact on our state’s capacity to perform COVID-19 response functions at the local level,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “Their staff are truly on the front lines of the essential epidemiological work that can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases in communities. But we know that more resources will be needed across all aspects of the response.”