Amata Welcomes Federal Grant for Preventive Health

September 4, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed over $90,000 in federal funds for the American Samoa Department of Health to support preventive care.

“I’m pleased to welcome support for preventive care, because access to preventive services can result in better health and even savings in long term health care costs,” said Aumua Amata. “Federal assistance is of particular importance to American Samoa’s health systems.”


Congresswoman Aumua and Director Motusa NuaCongresswoman Aumua and Director Motusa Nua


Specifically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing a discretionary block grant of $90,152 to the Territory of American Samoa to supply health services and preventive care, distributed through the CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. The CDC is an agency of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department.

“I appreciate all those involved in these efforts at the American Samoa Department of Health, particularly Director Motusa Nua for his work on this grant,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “We’ve also had several recent occasions to express appreciation to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, and the ongoing support for American Samoa from HHS.”