New Mexico Gets Federal Health Funds

New Mexico – The New Mexico Department of Health has received more than $440,000 for public health programs.

The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Health Department will receive more than $380,000. It can be used for the hiring and training of epidemiologists, laboratory scientists and health information specialists who can work on multiple infectious diseases.

The money can also be used to increase the number of well-equipped public health laboratories using electronic laboratory information systems to manage and exchange information between labs and public health departments and to help the Health Department implement the use of electronic laboratory-based reporting.

The state will also receive more than $60,000 to help implement plans to reduce tobacco use.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.