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COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative: Additional funding supports for local boards of health

The Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center committed early in the pandemic to support local public health through direct funding to meet immediate personnel and equipment needs to respond to the pandemic.

These funds were distributed from state funds received through the federal CARES Act, the Public Health Trust Fund, and through direct appropriations beginning in March of 2020.

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Summary of funding

Massachusetts Equity Communities – Summary of Funding from Public Health Trust Fund and CARES Act as of March 26, 2021

City/Town

PHTF FY2020[1]

PHTF FY2021[2]

CARES Act FY2021[3]

Budget Earmarks FY2021[4]

Total as of 3/26/2021

Boston

$500,000

$381,526

$100,000

$125,000

$1,106,526

Brockton

$275,000

$52,320

$100,000

 

$427,320

Chelsea

$107,370

$20,339

$112,200

 

$239,909

Everett

$15,000

$26,209

$2,500

 

$43,709

Fall River

$200,000

$47,745

$100,000

 

$347,745

Fitchburg

$200,000[5]

$22,763

$350,000

 

$572,763

Framingham

$200,000

$39,699

$100,000

$113,990

$453,689

Haverhill

$54,000

$35,557

Not requested[6]

 

$89,557

Holyoke

$43,333

$22,250

Not requested

 

$65,583

Lawrence

$200,000

$45,655

$100,000

 

$345,655

Leominster

See Fitchburg

$21,920

See Fitchburg

 

$21,920

Lowell

$200,000

$59,241

$100,000

 

$359,241

Lynn

$200,000

$55,080

$100,000

$200,000

$555,080

Malden

$55,000

$36,587

Not requested

$75,000

$166,587

Methuen

$20,000

$28,918

$10,000

 

$58,918

New Bedford

$200,000

$54,028

$100,000

 

$354,028

Randolph

$61,000

$18,478

$4,200

$10,000

$93,678

Revere

$99,120

$32,895

$161,700

 

$293,715

Springfield

$200,000

$85,017

$100,000

 

$385,017

Worcester

$200,000

 

$100,000

 

$300,000

Worcester (Reg.)[7]

$200,000

$183,484

$350,000

 

$733,484

Total $3,229,823 $1,269,710 $1,990,600 $523,990 $7,014,123

 

[1] PHTF FY2020 – funds distributed in March 2020 from COVID-19 emergency state funding (Public Health Trust Fund).

[2] PHTF FY2021 – funds distributed in Fall 2020 (FY2021) from COVID-19 emergency state funding (Public Health Trust Fund).

[3] CARES Act FY2021 – funds distributed to cities, districts, and affiliates from the Commonwealth’s allocation of the federal CARES Act funds.

[4] Budget earmarks – some municipalities received funding from the FY2020 supplemental budget (August 2020) and FY2021 General Appropriation Act.

[5] Fitchburg received PHTF funds as the lead agency for the Montachusett Public Health Network (public health district). Leominster and several other towns are part of that network. The funds were used for shared public health nursing services and supplies for all municipalities in the district.

[6] Some municipalities did not request funding through the affiliate organization in from the CARES Act distribution.

[7] The City of Worcester is the lead municipality for the Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance – a public health district that includes several other towns. Worcester received funding both as a large city and as the lead for the district. The district funds were distributed to the member towns and used by the city for COVID-19 mitigation efforts in support of all municipalities in the district.

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