Amata Welcomes $1,083,467 in Health Grants

August 26, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed two federal health care grants for American Samoa, each through the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, for a total of nearly $1.1 million. These discretionary grants are both designated to the American Samoa Department of Health.

The larger of the two grants provides $1 million in social services support for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home-visiting Program in American Samoa through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The other grant of $83,467 is a preventive health and health services block grant in fiscal year 2019 through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.

“I’m pleased with federal support to see that our islands’ babies, small children and mothers have the care and services they need, along with a preventive care grant,” said Aumua Amata. “Thank you to Director of Nursing Division Margaret Sesepasara for her work on the early childhood grant program, and to Director Motusa Nua for his leadership of the Health Department, with special thanks to all our medical professionals providing care to our people.”


Congresswoman Aumua and Director Motusa Nua
Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Health Director Motusa Tuileama Nua.


HHS is led by Secretary Alex Azar, HRSA by Acting Administrator Thomas Engels, and the CDC by Director Dr. Robert Redfield.