WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) today announced more than $5 million in new cooperative agreement awards to 15 organizations. According to the department, “the awards were made through the OMH Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative, which was created to help minority and disadvantaged populations in communities disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic, childhood obesity, and serious mental illness.”
Of the 15 awards, six are to organizations or cities to help combat the #OpioidCrisis. They are located in: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Nashville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Huntington, WV.
The awards follow the release of $144.1 million in grants from HHS earlier this month, dedicated to help prevent and treat those suffering from opioid addiction. The grants and others issued earlier this year were largely the result of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which included 11 committee bills, and the 21st Century Cures Act. The CDC also awarded $28.6 million at the beginning of the month to support state-level responses to the epidemic.