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H.R. 3771: South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 8, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3771

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 8, 2021

(for herself, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Ms. Chu, Mr. Carson, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Norton, Mr. Foster, Ms. Underwood, Ms. Wild, Mr. Bera, Mr. Levin of Michigan, Mr. Rush, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. Kilmer, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Timmons, and Mr. Posey) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for research and improvement of cardiovascular health among the South Asian population of the United States, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act of 2021.

2.

Heart health promotion grants

Title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 241 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 317U (42 U.S.C. 247b–23) the following new section:

317V.

Heart health promotion grants

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall make grants to States for the purpose of promoting awareness of the increasing prevalence of heart disease, including, where appropriate, its relationship to type 2 diabetes, in communities disproportionately affected by heart disease such as South Asian communities in the United States.

(b)

Use of funds

A State that receives a grant under subsection (a) shall use such grant funds—

(1)

to develop culturally appropriate materials on evidence-based topics such as nutrition education, optimal diet plans, and programs for regular exercise;

(2)

to support heart health promotion activities of community organizations that work with or serve communities disproportionately affected by heart disease, such as South Asian communities in the United States; or

(3)

to support conferences or workshops on research practices, methodology, and design to include more members of communities disproportionately affected by heart disease, such as South Asian communities in the United States, in scientific studies.

(c)

Annual report to congress

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act of 2021, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on outreach efforts and data relating to heart disease in communities disproportionately affected by heart disease, such as South Asian communities in the United States.

(d)

Authorization of appropriations

For purposes of carrying out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $1,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2026.

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3.

Heart health research

Part B of title IV of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 284 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

409K.

Heart health research

(a)

In general

The Secretary may—

(1)

conduct or support research and related activities regarding cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and other heart health-related ailments among at-risk populations, including South Asian communities in the United States; and

(2)

establish an internet clearinghouse to catalog existing evidence-based heart health research and treatment options for communities disproportionately affected by heart disease, such as South Asian communities in the United States, to prevent, treat, or reverse heart disease and diabetes.

(b)

Authorization of appropriations

For purposes of carrying out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $1,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2026.

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