York City Health Bureau receives $1.5 million in grant money

Noel Miller
York Dispatch

The York City Health Bureau received over $1.5 million in grant funding at the latest City Council meeting.

The council approved grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Health totaling $1,527,143 at its Sept. 20 meeting. The bureau is almost entirely grant funded, according to department director Monica Kruger.

Despite being grant money, the bureau must still get the funds approved and added to their budget by the City Council before they can access the money, according to Kruger.

 City of York Medical Director Dr. Matt Howie speaks at the York County Administrative Center in York City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. The recent uptick in positive COVID-19 testing, specifically at York County Prison, was addressed. Dawn J. Sagert photo

A majority of the money, $1,480,858, was from the CDC's Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grant. This grant works to "enhance laboratory, surveillance, informatics, and other workforce capacity whilestrengthening laboratory testing and improving surveillance and reporting of electronic health data," according to records.

Under the broad category of epidemiology, improving laboratory capacity and surveillance is just one of many potential uses for that specific grant, Kruger said.

The state Department of Health awarded a $46,285 grant for the bureau's Safe and Healthy Communities program. This program is funded by the department and has four goals: increase health, improve transportation safety, decrease injuries and prevent child sexual abuse, according to its website.