Benton, Washington Counties receive $2 million grant to help with fight against COVID-19

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BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Benton County has partnered with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for the Community Health Workers, Reaching Everyone to Achieve Community Health award.

According to a news release from Benton County, the grant will provide around $2 million a year for three years and will provide training for 50 community health workers in nonprofit health care and community based non-profit organizations in Benton and Washington Counties.

The release says the program will allow the workers to fight COVID-19 and other public health issues in Northwest Arkansas.

We are excited to partner with multiple health and social service providers to ensure
highly trained community health workers are placed throughout Benton and Washington
Counties,” said Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., vice chancellor of the UAMS Northwest Campus.
“Community health workers are essential for addressing COVID-19 and future public
health issues.”

The grant is funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and the American Rescue Plan.

The release says the funding is intended to address:

  • Disparities in access to COVID-19 related services, such as testing, contact tracing, and immunization.
  • Factors that increase risk of severe COVID-19 illness, such as chronic diseases, smoking, and pregnancy.
  • Community needs that have been exacerbated by COVID-19, such as health and mental health care access and food insecurity.

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