The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has received more than $1.7 million to help improve health conditions that contribute to severe illness and death as a result of COVID-19

Lawrence, KS – According to the statement, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the KDHE $1.7 million to address health disparities and ensure access to COVID-19 services including testing, contact tracing, immunization services and to improve community health resiliency.

Officials say that the funding was provided through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This funding is meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its health impacts by training and deploying more community health workers.

Community health workers will be trained to engage with state and local public health initiatives to manage COVID-19 in underserved patient populations at a higher risk of severe illness and death.

The funding for the project is authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities Act of 2020.