Amata Welcomes Two HHS Grants for Community Development and LBJ

October 3, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed two discretionary federal grants for American Samoa, each through the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, for a total of nearly $520,000.

The larger of the two grants will provide $400,000 in social and economic development support in American Samoa through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), an agency of HHS. The recipient is Empowering Pacific Island Communities, and the title of the grant is the Healthy Amerika Samoa Community Development project.

“I appreciate everyone involved in community development efforts and special congratulations to Toetasi Tuiteleleapaga upon this grant,” said Aumua Amata.

The other grant of $119,800 is a health services grant to LBJ through the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS).

“Thank you to Ianeta Timoteo-Liaina for her hard work as a health care professional and congratulations for this grant,” said Congresswoman Amata.

HHS is led by Secretary Alex Azar, while ACF is led by Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson, and OPHS by Dr. Howard Koh.

“Federal funding is important to providing services and improvements throughout our community,” concluded Amata.