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State, Local Agencies Can Apply for $100 Million in Grants to Combat Chronic Diseases
Projects Intended to Promote Health, Reduce Disparities, Lower Costs
By News Staff
Applications are due July 15.
George Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association, said during a May 13 conference call announcing the grants that the funds awarded are expected to allow communities to promote prevention and address the root causes of disease rather than reacting after health problems develop.
"These grants are an enormous opportunity to do things differently," he said.
The grants will fund activities focused on one of the five following priorities:
- reducing tobacco use,
- promoting active living and healthy eating,
- increasing the use of preventive services,
- fostering social and emotional wellness, and
- developing healthy and safe physical environments.
HHS said in a news release that successful applicants must use evidence-based strategies, ensure their activities have a broad population impact and address health disparities. At least 20 percent of funding will be directed to rural areas, said the agency.