Investments in Community Health: Community Transformation Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues its long-standing dedication to improving the health and wellness of all Americans through the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Program. Administered and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CTG program enables awardees to design and implement community-level programs that prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Chronic Disease in the United States
More than half of American adults have at least one chronic disease. In the United States, 7 out of 10 deaths are caused by chronic diseases each year. Seventy-five cents of every dollar spent on medical costs in this country is being used to treat chronic diseases and associated risk factors.
While direct costs of chronic disease are high, the indirect costs of chronic conditions may be several times higher than the direct medical costs. These diseases lead to lost productivity, such as missed days of work or school, disability, reduced work output, reduced quality of life, and premature death.
Focusing on Priorities for Healthier Living
CTG concentrates on the causes of chronic disease, with awardees improving health and wellness with strategies that focus on areas such as:
- Clinical and community preventive services to prevent and control high blood pressure and high cholesterol
- Tobacco-free living
- Active living and healthy eating
Twenty percent of all CTG program funding is directed at programs in rural or frontier areas.
Investing in Healthier Communities
In 2011, CDC awarded $103 million to 61 state and local government agencies, tribes and territories, and nonprofit organizations in 36 states, along with nearly $4 million to 6 national networks of community-based organizations. These awardees are engaging partners from multiple sectors, such as education, transportation, and business, as well as faith-based organizations to improve the health of their communities’ approximately 120 million residents. CTG supports state and local government agencies, tribes and territories, nonprofit organizations, and communities across the country. In 2012, CDC is supporting the second year of these projects.
- Implementation awards were made to 35 communities to implement proven programs and strategies to improve their community’s health and wellness.
- Capacity-building awards were made to 26 communities to build a solid foundation for community prevention efforts to ensure long-term success.
- National network awardees engage community members to support, disseminate, and amplify the evidence-based strategies of CTG, particularly in rural and frontier areas and communities that face significant health disparities.
Additionally, to ensure the impact of the investment, funding is being used to support awardees with evaluation, communication, and technical assistance and training.
Reaching More Americans in Smaller Communities
In 2012, CTG was expanded to support areas with fewer than 500,000 people in neighborhoods, school districts, villages, towns, cities, and counties to increase opportunities to prevent chronic diseases and promote health.
In an effort to reach more people, approximately $70 million was awarded to 40 communities to implement broad, sustainable, proven evidence-based strategies that will reduce health disparities and expand clinical and community preventive services. These new awards will benefit about 9.2 million Americans—bringing the total number of people reached through the CTG program to about 130 million Americans, or more than 4 out of 10 U.S. citizens.
|State||Implementation States and Communities (initiated September 2011)|
Public Health Institute
San Francisco Department of Public Health
County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Denver Health and Hospital Authority
Broward Regional Health Planning Council
Illinois Department of Public Health
Iowa Department of Public Health
Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
Maine Department of Health and Human Services/Maine CDC
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Middlesex County)
Minnesota Department of Health
Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department
Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Douglas County Health Department
New Mexico Department of Health
The Fund for Public Health in New York
University of Rochester Medical Center
North Carolina Division of Public Health
Oklahoma City-County Health Department
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
South Dakota Department of Health
Texas Department of State Health Services
City of Austin Health and Human Services Department
Vermont Department of Health
Washington State Department of Health
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
West Virginia Bureau for Public Health
University Health Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tribes and Territories (initiated September 2011)
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
|State||Capacity-Building States and Communities (initiated September 2011)|
County of Kern, Public Health Services Department
Fresno County Department of Public Health
Sierra Health Foundation
Stanislaus County Health Services Agency
Ventura County Public Health
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Cobb Public Health
Unlawful Narcotics Investigation Treatment Education, Inc. (UNITE)
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Spectrum Health Hospitals
My Brother’s Keeper, Inc.
New Jersey Prevention Network
Bernalillo County Office of Environmental Health
North Dakota Department of Health
Austen BioInnovation Institute
Public Health-Dayton and Montgomery County
Lancaster General Health
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Utah Department of Health
Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
Tribes and Territories ((initiated September 2011)
Confederated Tribes of The Chehalis Reservatio(Washington)
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (Wisconsin)
Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Center (Washington)
Toiyabe Indian Health Project (California)
Ulkerreuil A Klengar (Republic of Palau)
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (Alaska)
National Networks (initiated September 2011)
American Lung Association
American Public Health Association
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
National REACH Coalition
YMCA of the USA
Small Communities (initiated September 2012)
Community Health Councils, Inc.
County of Sonoma
St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake
County of Santa Clara
Nemours/ Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Department of Health
School Board of Miami-Dade County
Tanner Medical Center, Inc.
Chicago Public Schools, District 299
Quality Quest for Health of Illinois, Inc.
Welborn Baptist Foundation, Inc.
YMCA of Wichita
Linking the Parish, Inc.
MaineGeneral Medical Center
Maine Development Foundation
Institute for Public Health Innovation
Prince George’s County
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Central Michigan District Health Department
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
Ozarks Regional YMCA
Clark County School District
Health Research, Inc./New York State Department of Health
The Lima Family YMCA
Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc.
Indian Nation Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
Northeast Oregon Network
City of Beaverton
YMCA of Greenville
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Inland Northwest Health Services
West Virginia University Research Corporation
Benewah Medical Center (Idaho)
Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma)
Tohono O’odham Community Action (Arizona)
For more information about CDC’s Investments in Community Health, visit www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/, or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
Posted on: September 24, 2012