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$52 million in federal funds approved for health & social services, Head Start & UPR

By The Star Staff

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón announced on Monday the allocation of $51.8 million in new federal funds for the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), the prevention of domestic violence, care for patients with HIV/AIDS, and suicide prevention, among other services.

“The funding comes from divisions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” González Colón said in a written statement. “Among the most significant items is the approval of $6.7 million for public health emergency preparedness programs and $2.6 million for hospital preparations.”

The Medical Sciences Campus of the UPR will receive $320,471 for priorities of the Newborn Detection System program, and $1.5 for the Neuroplasticity Center.

The Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust meanwhile will receive nearly $4 million for two projects related to the response to the management of chronic diseases and COVID-19, as well as for the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases.

The Office of Head Start approved $31.6 million to the Family Department and $41.5 million to the Municipality of Adjuntas for Head Start centers.

Two organizations will also receive federal funding: the Peace Coordinator for Women Inc. with $686,361 for its efforts against domestic violence and sexual assault, and Grupo Nexos Inc., with $1.7 million for its adolescent pregnancy prevention program.

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Jul 11, 2023

After living 20 yrs in P.R. and educating my 3 children I love the Island with my heart. Hope drones will help. In U.S. (as an American) crime is out of control & criminals in Northeast (NY. NJ etc) walk out without being jailed due to our V.P. that made it possible. Our Adm. is doing 0 in protecting us. My husband is Puerto Rican (Mayaguez) we are senior citizens. We live in Florida (only State safe) we hope to return to P.R. one day. I worked 10 yrs. in Brokerage firm in San Juan, husband in Insurance business. God bless Puerto Rico! The Diaz Family.

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