The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced $67 million in funding for health departments to fight patient safety threats, including antibiotic resistance and health care-associated infections.

The funding will support activities related to CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative and the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. The funds also will provide increased detection capacity for quickly identifying and combating outbreaks to state health departments and strategically placed regional labs. The funding will be available starting Aug. 1.

In related news, the Partnership for Quality Care will host an Aug. 2 webinar with CDC experts focused on a new superbug gene and its potential effects on the health care workforce.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.