HHS grants $103 million to chronic disease programs

By Bernie Monegain
03:15 PM
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States and communities nationwide will receive more than $103M from the federal government to help combat chronic illness, pegged as the leading cause of death in Americans. The money is aimed at developing new programs and providing technical assistance.

Most chronic disease programs employ information technology as a means of tracking patient conditions and reporting to statewide and national registries.

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Department of Health and Human Services officials announced the grants Tuesday and said they would be disbursed to 61 states and communities reaching more than 120 million residents.

Created by the Affordable Care Act, Community Transformation Grants help states and communities tackle the root causes of chronic disease, such as smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity.

Chronic diseases are responsible for 75 percent of healthcare costs in the United States, according to government statistics. 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.

"Good health begins at home and in our own communities,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The Affordable Care Act is empowering Americans across the country to truly transform their communities by investing in programs that make us all healthier. These grants will offer communities the opportunity to both improve Americans' health and control healthcare spending by avoiding costly, chronic diseases in the first place."

All grantees will work to address the following priority areas:

  1. tobacco-free living;
  2. active living and healthy eating; and
  3. quality clinical and other preventive services, specifically prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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 healthcare they need, many lower-income Americans, racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations often have higher rates of disease, said Sebelius.

Grantee activities include:

  • Implementation -- Thirty-five grantees will implement proven interventions to help improve health and wellness. Funding amounts range from $500,000 to $10 million depending on population size and scope of project.
  • Capacity Building -- Twenty-six grantees will work to build capacity by laying a solid foundation for sustainable community prevention efforts. Funding amounts range from $147,000 to $500,000 depending on population size and scope of project.

Awards are distributed among state and local government agencies, tribes and territories, and nonprofit organizations. Awards went to grantees in 36 states, including seven tribal organizations and one territory. The grants are expected to run for five years.

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"Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes are taking a devastating toll on America's health," said Thomas Frieden, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will administer the grants. "This initiative will build on successful programs that have helped people lead healthier lives and will enable communities and states to improve the healthy choices for their residents."

Earlier this month, HHS announced awards to seven national networks of community-based organizations that will help support, disseminate, and amplify the work done in Community Transformation Grant states and communities. The networks will engage community members in identifying solutions to improve health using community-based prevention strategies that work and can be models for other locations.

See the next page for a complete list of the funded states and communities.

 

 

Capacity Building Communities and States
(N=26)

Award Amount

Austen BioInnovation Institute (Ohio)

$500,000

Bernalillo County Office of Environmental Health (New Mexico)

$497,353

Cobb Public Health (Georgia)

$499,000

Confederated Tribes of The Chehalis Reservation (Washington)

$498,663

Connecticut Department of Public Health

$493,891

County of Kern, Public Health Services Department (California)

$416,577

Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services

$499,559

Fresno County Department of Public Health

$499,695

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (Wisconsin)

$499,982

Houston Department of Health & Human Services (Texas)

$500,000

Lancaster General Health (Pennsylvania)

$233,577

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

$500,000

My Brother's Keeper Inc. (Mississippi)

$500,000

New Jersey Prevention Network (New Jersey)

$500,000

North Dakota Department of Health

$370,684

Public Health-Dayton and Montgomery County (Ohio)

$180,246

Sierra Health Foundation (Sacramento Co., California)

$499,229

Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Center (Washington)

$218,929

Spectrum Health Hospitals (Kent Co., Michigan)

$333,321

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (California)

$293,899

Toiyabe Indian Health Project (California)

$500,000

Ulkerreuil A Klengar (Republic of Palau)

$147,106

Unlawful Narcotics Investigation Treatment Education, Inc. (UNITE) (Kentucky)

$500,000

Utah Department of Health

$499,366

Ventura County (California)

$481,036

 

Implementation Communities and States
(N=35)

Award Amount

Broward Regional Health Planning Council (Florida)

$1,766,476

City of Austin Health & Human Services Department (Texas)

$1,026,158

County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

$3,053,793

Denver Health and Hospital Authority (Colorado)

$610,345

Douglas County Health Department (Nebraska)

$510,199

Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department (Minnesota)

$1,156,212

Illinois Department of Public Health

$4,781,121

Iowa Department of Public Health

$3,007,856

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (California)

$9,848,011

Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (Kentucky)

$721,594

Maine Department of Health and Human Services/Maine CDC

$1,318,301

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

$1,945,289

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (to serve state minus large counties)

$1,505,006

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (to serve Middlesex County)

$1,574,982

Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation (Missouri)

$705,708

Minnesota Department of Health

$3,603,724

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

$769,195

New Mexico Department of Health

$1,500,000

North Carolina Division of Public Health

$7,466,092

Oklahoma City-County Health Department (Oklahoma)

$716,704

Philadelphia Department of Public Health (Pennsylvania)

$1,547,297

Public Health Institute (to serve the state of California minus large counties)

$5,926,365

San Francisco Department of Public Health (California)

$815,358

Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)

$500,000

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

$4,624,724

South Dakota Department of Health

$812,383

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

$499,588

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (Washington)

$796,836

Texas Department of State Health Services

$10,000,000

The Fund for Public Health in New York

$8,391,881

University Health Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison

$4,695,253

University of Rochester Medical Center (New York)

$733,703

Vermont Department of Health

$621,760

Washington State Department of Health

$3,256,347

West Virginia Bureau for Public Health

$1,883,603

Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (Alaska)

$193,340

 

 

Dissemination National Networks

Award Amount

American Public Health Association

$300,000

Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership

$300,000

Community Anti-Drug Coalition

$300,000

National Farm to School Network at Occidental College

$300,000

 

Acceleration National Networks

Award Amount

American Lung Association

$800,000

National REACH Coalition

$900,000

YMCA of the USA

$1,300,000