AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is receiving a federal grant to upgrade electronic birth and death certificate systems and make other public health improvements.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an award of $1.8 million per year for five years to make the improvements.

The funding is to improve the state health department’s performance and meet national public health standards. The department has awarded funding for 94 projects totaling $42.5 million to state, tribal, local and territorial health departments to improve their ability to provide public health services.

“These funds will help health departments around the country to improve the quality and effectiveness of the critical health services that millions of Americans rely on every day,” said Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Strengthening our public health system through better coordination and collaboration will help to deliver higher quality health care more efficiently.”