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2010-03-15: Funding initiatives from CDC

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced this new initiative:

American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 Communities Putting Prevention to Work

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Purpose: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to create healthier communities through sustainable, proven, population-based approaches such as broad-based policy, systems, organizational and environmental changes in communities and schools. Awardees funded under this FOA will work collaboratively to promote and sustain policy change efforts in communities and schools. It is recommended that awardees include a strong focus on the needs of populations who suffer disproportionately from the burden of disease.

Proposals should focus on implementing broad-based policy changes that are chosen from the prescribed set of evidence-based interventions. Each community will address all 5 evidence-based MAPPS strategies (Media, Access, Point of decision information, Price and, Social support services) for each application: tobacco and/or obesity/physical activity/nutrition.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces Cornerstone Funding of the $650 Million Recovery Act Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative

Creating ways for healthful lifestyle habits to be the natural first choice for Americans is the goal of a $650 million initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be used to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, decrease obesity, and decrease smoking in U.S. communities.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today 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).

"This initiative will make disease prevention and health promotion top priorities in states and communities across the country", Secretary Sebelius said. "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. Funded entities will have two years to complete their work.

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.

The remainder of the funds for this initiative will be made available in the coming weeks to states, territories, and organizations to support, extend and evaluate the reach and impact of the community projects.

Funded projects will emphasize high-impact, broad-reaching policy, environmental, and systems changes in schools (K-12) and communities. For example, communities will work to make high-fat snack foods and
sugar-sweetened beverages less available in schools and other community sites and to use media to promote healthy choices. In addition, funded communities will be encouraged to provide quality physical education in the nation's schools and enact comprehensive smoking bans.

"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."

Communities interested in applying for Communities Putting Prevention to Work grants can find more information at The application deadline for the community projects is Dec. 1, 2009. Deadlines for state, territory, and other prevention projects that are part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative will be announced soon.

To learn more about the Communities Putting Prevention to Work public health initiative visit

CDC has also released state supplemental funding ( in chronic disease, including tobacco control. Supplement applications are due November 24th .