Evers boosts funding for local and tribal health departments

Gov. Tony Evers announced an additional $58.4 million in local COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery funding for local and tribal health departments in Wisconsin, according to a release from the Evers administration. The funding adds to the $106.5 million previously funded from the American Rescue Plan Act and will help health departments continue their work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will help health departments provide measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 such as testing, contact tracing, and vaccination programs; staffing for public health and safety; enhancing public health programs through improvements like technology infrastructure or data analysis; addressing disparities in health outcomes, including services that connect residents with resources such as health care and housing navigators; and services that support healthy living environments and healthy childhood environments.