WASHINGTON, D.C, - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed $1,450,000 in federal funds for development projects in Ohio’s education, health, and labor sectors. The funding, secured by Brown, was included in the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Act of 2010.
“Ohio’s success depends upon its talented workforce represented across the state,” Brown said. “These funds invest in important services and resources needed help strengthen Ohio’s economy. Quality education and health services are critical for a healthy, productive workforce.”
$150,000 Access to Care Initiative - Access to Care Initiative
These funds would be used to coordinate care donated by physicians, hospitals, and specialty services to eligible low-income adults through the Access to Care Program. This program provides local solutions for servicing the growing number of individuals without health insurance. These funds were secured by Brown.
$400,000 Orthopedic Research and Development-BioInnovation Institute of Akron
These funds would support the goals of the BioInnovation Institute of Akron to pioneer the next generation of life-enhancing and life-saving biomaterials for the 21st Century. The institute includes members from the Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System, Northeastern Ohio University Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM), Summa Health System, and The University of Akron. These funds were secured by Brown and Voinovich.
$200,000 Diabetes Prevention and Education-Ohio University
These funds would help increase diabetes outreach and education in rural areas of the state. These funds were secured by Brown and Voinovich.
$200,000 Emergency Department Renovation - Barnesville Hospital Association, Inc.
These funds would finance the renovation and expansion of the Emergency Department of the Barnesville Hospital. This nonprofit, critical access hospital provides quality medical care to 38,000 residents of southeastern Ohio. These funds were secured by Brown.
$200,000 Supporting Education for Returning Veterans-Cleveland State University
These funds would assist veteran’s transitioning from soldiers to civilians to students with programs that are specifically tailored for returning veterans during their first two semesters. The programs would expand its unique features to campuses across Ohio. These funds were secured by Brown.
$200,000 Bloodmobile Acquisition - American Red Cross
These funds would be used to purchase bloodmobiles that would serve 57 Ohio counties. These new units will allow older, unreliable and more expensive vehicles to retire and support the American Red Cross’ commitment to providing safe and available blood throughout the nation. These funds were secured by Brown.
$100,000 Inspire, Engage and Educate Program - Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education
These funds would support the Ohio Center for Higher Education work with K-12 schools in 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. The program would increase educational attainment with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy and connect students, parents, teachers, counselors, work force, and employers to opportunities in STEM education and careers. These funds were secured by Brown.
The bill must be passed by the full Senate and conference with the House before heading to the president’s desk for signature.