California Awarded $22M for Chronic Disease, Prevention Initiatives
On Tuesday, California received $22 million in federalÂ funding under a nationwideÂ initiative to improve communities and combat chronic disease, the Merced Sun-Star reports (Amaro, Merced Sun-Star, 9/27).
The funds are part of the Community Transformation Grants program, which stems from the federal health reform law's Prevention and Public Health fund (Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, 9/27).
More than $103 million was distributed to 61 states and communities in the latest round of grants.
Grant recipients will use the funding to discourage tobacco use, encourage healthy eating and living activities and promote preventive health care (Torres, "Capsules," Kaiser Health News, 9/27).
According to HHS, the funds are divided into two categories:
- Implementation, in which grant recipients will put in place interventions to help boost health and wellness; and
- Capacity building, in which grant recipients will engage in efforts to establish the groundwork for sustaining prevention initiatives (Modern Healthcare, 9/27).
Officials See Promise for Funding in California
Robert Ross, president and CEO of the California Endowment, said the funding represents an opportunity for California to promote healthy living and prevention.
Ronald Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, said various partnerships can change behaviors at the community level to lower chronic disease rates and save lives (Merced Sun-Star, 9/27).email subscription.