Amata Welcomes Over $2,800,000 Pacific Basin Grant for Health Care

June 6, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomes another significant federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of $2,825,506 for American Samoa. The Pacific Basin Grant is offered under the Health Center Cluster Program of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

“Since Cyclone Gita earlier this year, American Samoa has been in greater need of assistance in many aspects,” said Aumua Amata. “Once again, I appreciate the HRSA’s attentiveness to American Samoa. I’m pleased to welcome these federal funds, and most importantly, the health benefits for our people.”

HRSA is tasked with providing health care and support to geographically isolated populations. Dedicated to improving health care delivery in these areas along with groups otherwise economically or medically vulnerable, nearly 90 percent of HRSA’s budget is awarded through grants and cooperative agreements. American Samoa is a frequent benefactor of the continuation of health care grants by HHS. This is the third Pacific Basin grant to American Samoa this year.

“I would like to thank HRSA and the U.S. Department of HHS for granting us the necessary funds to ensure that our health services are being kept within federal health care standards,” continued Aumua Amata. “Thank you also to Project Director Elizabeth Ponausuia and her team for their unabating efforts in obtaining these funds.”