44 Communities Receive HHS Grants

  • Date: March 23, 2010
  • Source: Admin
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Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, HHS announced an award of 372 Million in Prevention and Wellness Grants to 44 Communities around the Nation. The awards are part of the HHS Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative to support [public health efforts in order to reduce obesity and smoking, increase physical activity and improve nutrition.

First Lady Michelle Obama believes "This is an unprecedented level of commitment to prevention… Investing in local communities will build a healthier America, and we aim to reach more than 50 million people who are living in the communities receiving these awards.”

According to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “We’re looking to create the healthy community environments that will help prevent heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes, and other serious health problems on a broad scale…And, by preventing and controlling chronic disease, we can start to turn around rising health care costs as well,” she said.

Awards Offering Benefits

CPPW awards to cities, towns, and tribes across the country will provide communities with the resources to create healthy choices for residents, such as increasing availability of healthy foods and beverages, improving access to safe places for physical activity, discouraging tobacco use, and encouraging smoke-free environments.

In addition to the public health benefits of the initiative, the competitively-awarded grants will also support putting Americans back to work—an essential component of winning plans.  Communities will have two years to complete their programs.

Of the 44 communities receiving grants, 23 communities are receiving funding for obesity prevention; 14 communities for tobacco cessation; and seven others for both obesity and tobacco cessation efforts.  The awards are being are distributed among communities of various sizes, with an average grant of $17.3 million to each large city grantee; an average of $7.7 million to urban areas; an average award of $4.7 million to small cities or rural areas, and an average award of $1.3 million to tribes.

Small city and rural awards will be administered through state departments of health in nine states, providing funds to 16 small and rural communities.

Today’s announcement of Recovery Act awards follows the release of more than $119 million to states and U.S. territories in early February, to drive policy and environmental changes at the state level. 


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