News Flash: Funding Opportunity for Prevention Efforts

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the availability of $102 million in Community Transformation Grants (CTGs) for projects aimed at reducing chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes. Created as part of the Prevention Fund in the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), the CTGs aim to reduce health disparities in areas that are disproportionately impacted by preventable health conditions.

Up to 75 awardees will receive funds through the CTG initiative for projects focused on:

1) tobacco-free living
2) active living and healthy eating
3) increased use of high impact quality clinical preventive services
4) social and emotional wellness, such as mental health needs
5) healthy and safe physical environments

States, local governments, nonprofit organizations, territories, and Tribal and American Indian/Alaska Native Consortia are all eligible for the 5-year grants.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be hosting an informational call on May 25, 2011 from 10:00 to 11:00 am Pacific Time. The call can be accessed at 1-888-972-9343, with the passcode 8899773. For more information on the CTGs go to: http://www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation or via email at: ctg@cdc.gov.

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