Grant funding allows continuation of vital health programs

Two grants awarded to Cochise County Health & Social Services will allow the department to continue critical work in the areas of emergency preparedness and immunizations.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has given funds totaling $365,708, which will be used in part to provide the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program. Services include researching and monitoring infectious diseases, data analysis to allow adequate responses to outbreaks, and ensuring resources are available, said PHEP Coordinator Greg McQuaide at the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors on August 27, where the grants were approved.

Monies will also be used to promote the At-Risk Registration Program, designed for anyone who may need assistance during an emergency evacuation. Residents can register at

A total of $128,415 was awarded to the health department for immunization services. Cochise Health & Social Services has received funds since 1993 and allows the County to provide the public with free vaccines, explained Health Director Carrie Langley.

“The grant funds pay for management, staffing, outreach, and operating costs of the program,” she said. “Our services are free for all uninsured or underinsured children.”

The health department vaccinates children against preventable diseases, maintains their vaccination records, and assists school age children with required vaccinations to meet school registration requirements. Immunization services are offered at all five of the County’s service centers and are well attended.

Supervisor Ann English said, “Thanks to this grant we have continued to step forward with immunizations for our children.”