On September 27th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced grants to 61 states and communities with over 120 million residents to fight chronic disease through its Community Transformation Grants. Created by the Affordable Care Act, the program help states and communities tackle the root causes of chronic disease such as smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity. The awards were given to grantees in 36 states, including seven tribal organizations and one territory. Grantees will use these funds, which total more than $103 million, to transform where their residents live, work, play, and go to school so that they can lead healthier, more productive lives.
Some examples of the grantee activities will include:
- Implementation – Thirty-five grantees will implement proven interventions to help improve health and wellness.
- Capacity Building – Twenty-six grantees will work to build capacity by laying a solid foundation for sustainable community prevention efforts.
These grants are expected to run for five years.
To learn more about the Community Transformation Grants program, or to learn about the programs the grantees will implement, visit www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation.