WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- A Nelson County organization is one of six in Virginia getting some federal funding.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced more than $1.9 million in Public Health funding from AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

According to a release, the funding will go toward building the capacity of the public health workforce and bolstering efforts relating to mental health, chronic disease prevention and public health readiness.

Member organizations of Public Health AmeriCorps will use the money to continue to gain experience in the public health field and support local health efforts and other community-based organizations.

“AmeriCorps members across Virginia work hard to create positive change for the communities they serve,” wrote Kaine and Warner in a release. “This federal funding will allow volunteers to continue their important work of addressing some of the Commonwealth’s biggest health care needs.”

The Blue Ridge Medical Center in Nelson County is getting more than $312,000 to continue supporting 34 AmeriCorps members.

Other organizations getting funding include Volunteers of America, Inc. in Alexandria, City of Richmond, Catholic Charities USA in Alexandria, Boat People SOS, Inc. in Falls Church, and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville.

The money comes from the annual federal budget. It is part of more than $76 million in funding that was announced across the country.

Since 2021 when Public Health AmeriCorps launched, more than 4,700 members have been able to add capacity to their health departments, community-based organizations, schools and more.