HHS announces ARRA grants for prevention, wellness

The Department of Health and Human Services will award $120 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to states and territories for prevention and wellness programs. The application deadline is Nov. 24.  The funding is part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative. 

According to the HHS release, the CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative, will expand the use of evidence-based strategies and programs, mobilize local resources at the community-level, and strengthen the capacity of states. The initiative has a strong emphasis on policy and environmental change at both the state and local levels and will:

  • Increase levels of physical activity;
  • Improve nutrition;
  • Decrease obesity rates; and 
  • Decrease smoking prevalence, teen smoking initiation, and exposure to second-hand smoke.

The program has four distinct but unified initiatives: a Community Initiative, a States and Territories Policy and Environmental Change Initiative, a States Chronic Disease Self-Management Initiative, and a National Prevention Media and National Organizations Initiative.

For more information, visit www.grants.gov.

(SOURCES: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, September 30, 2009; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, http://hhs.gov, accessed October 1, 2009; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://cdc.gov, accessed October 1, 2009)