Tuesday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Connecticut Department of Public Health is one of 61 organizations nationwide to receive a share of $103 million in grant money intended to fight chronic diseases. The health department will receive $493,891 through the government. The money is intended to be used to promote tobacco-free living, exercise and healthy eating, and preventive care.
Chronic diseases are responsible for 75 percent of health care costs in the United States. The root causes of chronic disease are often related to economic, social, and physical factors such as tobacco use or a lack of places to exercise. The Community Transformation Grants awarded today will help states and communities address these challenges by supporting prevention programs proven to make a positive impact on health.
Grantees may also focus on creating healthy and safe environments. Grantees will have an additional focus on reducing health disparities since, in addition to lacking access to the health care they need, many lower–income Americans, racial and ethnic minorities, and other underserved populations often have higher rates of disease.
For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation/funds/index.htm.