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West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District Earns $100,000 Grant from NACCHO

West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District is a National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Awardee for work to continue to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases in health care settings.

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The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the voice of the country’s roughly 3,000 local health departments, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $100,000 funding to the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District, one of 24 local health departments, through the Building Local Operational Capacity for COVID-19, Healthcare-Associated Infections, and Antimicrobial Resistance (BLOC COVID-19+) project.

This project expands on previous funding focused on COVID-19 prevention to further address the spread of COVID-19, healthcare-associated infections, and antibiotic resistant pathogens.Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that are acquired in a healthcare facility due to bacteria entering the body through wounds, medical devices, and/or the lungs. As these infections are a threat to patient safety and public health, infection prevention and control efforts have become a top priority among hospitals, healthcare facilities, and health departments.

The goals of the project are to:

  1. Strengthen relationships between local health departments and facilities and partners
  2. Enhance local health department capacity and confidence in assessing and supporting infection prevention and control practices in high-risk facilities
  3. Improve implementation of infection prevention and control in high-risk facilities; and decrease rates of and negative outcomes associated with COVID-19, healthcare-associated infections, and antimicrobial resistant pathogens in those settings

This project will be implemented through July 2023.

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