Sat. Feb 24th, 2024
Sewell announces federal funding to bolster maternal health services

Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, AL-07, will hold two press conferences to announce the distribution of $9.2 million in federal funding that she helped secure for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing and the Bessemer Police Department.

The first conference will take place at 10 a.m. CST, where Rep. Sewell will be joined by the Dean of the UAB School of Nursing and the Director of the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) of Central Alabama to present a check for $8.8 million over a five-year period from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Integrated Maternal Health Services Program. The funding will help increase access to maternity care for people in need through partnerships between the school and the NFP organization, which provides services to families with low-income pregnant women in Central Alabama.

The second conference will be held at 1:45 p.m. CST, where Rep. Sewell will be joined by representatives from the City of Bessemer and the Bessemer Police Department to present a check for $406,200 from the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. This funding will be used by the Bessemer Police Department in collaboration with mental health professionals to implement co-response teams (CRT), which aim to help individuals experiencing a mental health crisis receive proper services and avoid negative interactions with police officers.

In conclusion, these conferences are an important milestone for both organizations as they continue their work towards improving healthcare services and ensuring public safety in their communities through collaborative efforts and partnerships with federal agencies such as HHS and DOJ’s COPS program.

“I am proud to have played a role in securing this funding for these important initiatives,” said Rep

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