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PR receives $52.3M federal injection for childcare services, health science research


By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón announced on Monday the approval of $52.3 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for childcare services, and medical research and development in Puerto Rico.


Within the allocation, the Municipality of Humacao will receive $337,680; the Municipality of Isabela will receive $781,715; the Municipality of Manatí will receive $1,126,255; the Municipality of Patillas will receive $105,706; the Municipality of Utuado will receive $249,799 and the Administration for the Comprehensive Care and Development of Children will receive $1,862,667 and the Foundation for the Development of Home Ownership Inc. will receive $1,969,449.


Likewise, under the funds allocated for Head Start in the category of social services, the Municipality of Bayamón will receive $2,506,843; the Municipality of Caguas will receive $1,937,853; the Municipality of Guaynabo will receive $1,282,556; the Municipality of San Juan will receive $4,739,674; the Municipality of San Sebastián will receive $1,208,694; the Administration for the Comprehensive Care and Development of Children will receive $5,739,576; Youth Services Center Inc. will receive $6,003,613; and the Foundation for the Development of Home Ownership Inc. will receive two sets of funds of $10,207,807 and $4,495,343.


González Colón said the funds allocated for Head Start are final and only the agency’s disbursement date remains pending, which varies depending on the program.


The Puerto Rico Department of Health will receive $3,987,818 through the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for health services for mothers and infants.


The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Medical Sciences Campus, through the office of the director of the National Institute of Health, will receive $3,670,641 for research purposes under the program Animal (Mammalian and Non-mammalian) Model, and Animal and Biological Materials Resource Cooperative Agreements for a project called Maintenance of a Closed CPRC SPF Colony.


Meanwhile, the National Science Foundation (NSF) allocated $50,000 to the UPR Mayagüez Campus for the I-Corps: Laparoscopic Induction Heaters for Biomedical Applications program to develop miniature induction heaters for heating electrically conductive materials in hard-to-reach places within the human body. The goal is to develop smaller magnetic applicators that can be used in patients who have metal implants (eg, hip replacement implants, etc.) who would not otherwise be eligible to receive cancer therapies based on current magnetic nanoparticles. In addition, the goal is to enable the development of new medical procedures that require contactless heating of electrically conductive materials in relatively inaccessible places within the human body.

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