O’Halleran Announces New Coronavirus Response Funding for Arizona Tribes

May 20, 2020
Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) applauded yesterday’s announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of $750 million in funding to support testing and testing-related activities administered to tribes, tribal organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs) by HHS through the Indian Health Service. These monies are part of the funding O’Halleran secured for tribes under the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, signed into law April 24.

 “As we have seen with the Navajo Nation, tribal communities—though largely rural—are extremely insulated and face additional risk factors that can easily exacerbate outbreaks,” said O’Halleran. “I am pleased to see funding I advocated for reach tribal communities, and I will continue to work to ensure Indian Country is not overlooked in federal COVID-19 response efforts.”

Today, O’Halleran also announced $480,978 in HHS funding distributed through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for tribal public health purposes, awarded to the Havasupai Tribe and the Winslow Indian Health Care Center, with $54,640 going to Havasupai and $426,338 for the Winslow Indian Health Care Center. These grants were allocated under Congress’s first bill to address COVID-19: the Coronavirus Preparedness And Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, signed into law March 6.

For a full list of legislative and outreach actions O’Halleran has taken for tribal communities, CLICK HERE.