HHS Announces $373 Million in Cooperative Agreements

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a funding opportunity for communities and tribes to apply for $373 million in cooperative agreements for the comprehensive public health initiative, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, to be led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In an announcement today, Secretary Sebelius said, “This initiative will make disease prevention and health promotion top priorities in states and communities across the country. Preventing disease is vital as a strategy to improve our nation’s health and reduce health care costs.” Communities Putting Prevention to Work will change systems and environments—for example, improving access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity—and putting into place policies, such as clean-indoor-air laws, that will promote the health of populations.

The $373 million in cooperative agreements will be awarded to communities through a competitive selection process. The cooperative agreements will support evidence-based prevention strategies for youth and adults and will promote partnerships across communities and sectors. Communities interested in applying for Communities Putting Prevention to Work grants can find more information HERE. The application deadline for the community projects is Dec. 1, 2009. More information about the Communities Putting Prevention to Work public health initiative can be found HERE.

“The CDC is excited to have this opportunity to help states and communities do more to deliver proven prevention strategies, in ways that reach whole communities and populations,” said CDC Director, Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Chronic diseases linked to obesity, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and tobacco use are the leading causes of death and disability in our nation. These additional resources will improve the quality of life for millions of Americans.”

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