Arizona Granted $2 Million Dollars for Heat Grant

Sahana Donepudi

The Arizona Department of Health Services has received a $2 million federal grant to protect residents against heat dangers during the summer. The Building Resistance Against Climate Effects grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is aimed at fighting climate hazards that put more than 14,000 people in the hospital during the 2010s. The Public Health Program will get $400,000 a year over the next five years for the plan.

The program will partner with organizations across the state, along with the health departments in Maricopa and Pima counties, to implement new interventions. Of the 14,000 people hospitalized in the past ten years, 2,431 people have died. The grant was received in collaboration with University of Arizona and Arizona State University.