CDC Announces $2.25 Billion to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities in Communities that are at High-Risk and Underserved

March 25, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [recently] announced a plan to invest $2.25 billion over two years to address Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related health disparities and advance health equity among populations that are at high-risk and underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural areas. This funding represents CDC’s largest investment to date to support communities affected by COVID-19-related health disparities.

CDC’s new National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved Communities, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities, will offer grants to public health departments to improve testing and contact tracing capabilities; develop innovative mitigation and prevention resources and services; improve data collection and reporting; build, leverage, and expand infrastructure support; and mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19.

Estimated application due date: May 3, 2021. Learn more about the application process at

Informational call: CDC will host an informational call for interested applicants.

Informational call dates:

Tuesday, March 30, at 3:00–4:00 pm EDT

Tuesday, March 30, at 6:00–7:00 pm EDT

Meeting Details:

Join ZoomGov Meeting
Meeting ID: 160 4097 6381 Passcode: OT21-2103

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