The Poison Center Support & Enhancement Grant Program - approx. $5 million
This program, which also existed before the pandemic, got nearly $5 million from the CARES Act to help poison control centers respond to increased calls. During the first few months of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 20% increase in calls related to exposure to cleaning products and disinfectants.
HRSA manages this grant program as well. The money must be spent by September 30, 2022, and 96% has been spent so far. The largest award went to the University of California San Francisco’s academic medical center, which received $572,000.