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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 12, 2016

Commissioner Nominee Davis Announces $375,000.00 for the Department of Health

Commissioner Nominee, Michelle S. Davis is pleased to announce grant funding awarded to the Virgin Islands Department of Health. 

The U.S. Department announced their Technical Assistance Program (TAP) grants for this week and they have awarded $375,000 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for systems assessment to strengthen the management, accountability, and implementation of Federal health resources in the U.S. Territories of Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the Freely Associated States of the Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia. 

“I am pleased to share that a proposal I wrote in collaboration with my HHS Region 9 colleague was awarded funding to continue and expand upon activities begun under the USVI Ignite initiative” stated Dr. Davis. “I look forward to working with all involved, to continue to build the USVI health and human services infrastructure. Our agencies will be able to easily keep track of federal funding they receive. They will be able to track how funding is spent, and increase the percent of funding drawn down and the amount of services provided.”

“The United State Virgin Islands (USVI) faces ongoing challenges in the provision of health and human services for their citizens. A number of sentinel events have contributed to the loss of human capital and infrastructure, while agencies have had difficulty performing essential public and behavioral health and human services activities. These sentinel events have also decreased the governments’ ability to efficiently spend federal funds. Thus territorial agencies have not been able to perform at their highest level to provide quality services to their citizens,” added Dr. Davis.

The team developed a prototype for a grants management monitoring and tracking system. This low tech solution will allow the staff of health and human services agencies to easily monitor the federal funding that is awarded to them, track how the funding is being spent, and track requirements that must be met.

While exploring the utility and feasibility of this proposed project, the team learned that most federal agencies were experiencing the same difficulties working with USVI staff in terms of achieving program goals and spending federal funding. USVI agency staff are excited about utilizing this new tool to assist them with better organizing their agency grant function and working their colleagues who operate programs.

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