Investments in Community Health: Community Transformation Grant Program
The Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Program is one of many ways the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works to improve the health and well-being of all Americans.
The CTG program is expected to improve the health of more than 4 out of 10 people in the United States. That’s about 130 million Americans.
CTG helps awardees to design and carry out local programs that prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. It is funded by the Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of the Affordable Care Act.
Read on to learn why preventing chronic diseases is important and see which states, communities, tribes, and organizations receive CTG funds to address this problem.
Chronic Disease in the United States
More than half of American adults have at least one chronic disease. And that number is growing very quickly. People with a chronic disease often—
- Cannot work or do other useful activities.
- Have a lower quality of life.
- Die younger than they should.
In the United States, 7 out of 10 deaths each year are caused by chronic diseases. Chronic diseases are also costly. For every $1 spent on health care in the United States, 75 cents is used to treat chronic diseases and factors that increase the risk of disease.
Focusing on Priorities for Healthier Living
CTG is working to make healthy living easier and more affordable where people live, work, learn, and play. To improve health and wellness in their communities, awardees focus on three key areas:
- Tobacco-free living.
- Active living and healthy eating.
- Clinical and community preventive services to prevent and control high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Some awardees also focus on improving social and emotional wellness—that is, helping to identify mental health needs and make it easier to get quality services. Still other awardees are working to create healthy and safe physical environments.
Examples of community interventions include:
- Increasing physical education classes so children get more physical activity each day.
- Supporting local farmers and improving neighborhood grocery stores to make it easier to get healthy foods.
- Keeping people safe from secondhand smoke.
- Promoting better sidewalks and street lighting so it’s safe and easy to walk and ride bikes.
Read more about the work of CTG-funded communities.
Investing in Healthier Communities
In 2011, CDC awarded $103 million to 61 state and local government agencies, tribes, territories, and nonprofit organizations in 36 states. CDC also gave nearly $4 million to 6 national networks of community-based organizations.
- CDC gave Implementation awards to 35 communities to use proven programs and strategies to improve their community’s health and wellness.
- CDC gave Capacity-Building awards to 26 communities to build skills and systems to support community health efforts and ensure long-term success.
- National network awardees bring together community members to support, share, and build on CTG’s proven strategies of CTG nationally. They give special attention to rural and frontier areas and communities that face major health gaps. One-fifth of CTG program funding goes to rural or frontier areas.
About 120 million Americans benefit from these efforts.
Promoting Partnerships for Health
CTG awardees are working with partners from many sectors. Some partners include:
- Schools and school districts.
- Transportation experts.
- Faith-based organizations.
Awardees have also funded local organizations to help make healthy changes in their communities.
Additionally, $25 million is being used to support awardees with evaluation, communication, technical support, and training.
Reaching More Americans in Smaller Communities
In 2012, CTG added the Small Communities Program. More than $70 million went to 40 neighborhoods, school districts, villages, towns, cities, and counties with fewer than 500,000 people. These grants help smaller communities make lasting changes to reduce health gaps and expand services to prevent and manage chronic diseases. The CTG Small Communities Program helps improve health for about 9.2 million more Americans.
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|State||Implementation States and Communities||Award Amount|
|California||Public Health Institute||$5,926,365||$5,926,365|
|San Francisco Department of Public Health||$815,358||$815,358|
|County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency||$3,053,793||$3,053,793|
|Los Angeles County Department of Public Health||$9,848,011||$9,848,011|
|Colorado||Denver Health and Hospital Authority||$610,345||$610,345|
|Florida||Broward Regional Health Planning Council||$1,766,476||$1,766,476|
|Illinois||Illinois Department of Public Health||$4,781,121||$4,781,121|
|Iowa||Iowa Department of Public Health||$3,007,856||$3,007,856|
|Kentucky||Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness||$721,594||$721,594|
|Maine||Maine Department of Health and Human Services/Maine CDC||$1,318,301||$1,318,301|
|Maryland||Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene||$1,945,289||$1,945,289|
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts Department of Public Health||$1,505,006||$1,505,006|
|Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Middlesex County)||$1,574,982||$1,574,982|
|Minnesota||Minnesota Department of Health||$3,603,724||$3,603,724|
|Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department||$1,156,212||$1,156,212|
|Missouri||Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation||$705,708||$705,708|
|Montana||Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services||$769,195||$769,195|
|Nebraska||Douglas County Health Department||$510,199||$510,199|
|New Mexico||New Mexico Department of Health||$1,500,000||$1,500,000|
|New York||The Fund for Public Health in New York||$8,391,881||$8,391,881|
|University of Rochester Medical Center||$733,703||$733,703|
|North Carolina||North Carolina Division of Public Health||$7,466,092||$7,466,092|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma City-County Health Department||$716,704||$716,704|
|Pennsylvania||Philadelphia Department of Public Health||$1,547,297||$1,547,297|
|South Carolina||South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control||$4,624,724||$4,624,724|
|South Dakota||South Dakota Department of Health||$812,383||$812,383|
|Texas||Texas Department of State Health Services||$10,000,000||$10,000,000|
|City of Austin Health and Human Services Department||$1,026,158||$1,026,158|
|Vermont||Vermont Department of Health||$621,760||$621,760|
|Washington||Washington State Department of Health||$3,256,347||$3,256,347|
|Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department||$796,836||$796,836|
|West Virginia||West Virginia Bureau for Public Health||$1,883,603||$1,883,603|
|Wisconsin||University Health Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison||$4,695,253||$4,695,253|
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|Tribes and Territories||Award Amount|
|Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)||$500,000||$500,000|
|Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium||$499,588||$499,588|
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|State||Capacity-Building States and Communities|
|California||County of Kern, Public Health Services Department||$416,577||$416,577|
|Fresno County Department of Public Health||$499,695||$499,695|
|Sierra Health Foundation||$499,229||$499,229|
|Stanislaus County Health Services Agency||$239,889||$239,889|
|Ventura County Public Health||$481,036||$481,036|
|Connecticut||Connecticut Department of Public Health||$493,891||$493,891|
|Georgia||Cobb Public Health||$499,000||$499,000|
|Kentucky||Unlawful Narcotics Investigation Treatment Education, Inc. (UNITE)||$500,000||$500,000|
|Louisiana||Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals||$500,000||$500,000|
|Michigan||Spectrum Health Hospitals||$333,321||$333,321|
|Mississippi||My Brother’s Keeper, Inc.||$500,000||$500,000|
|New Jersey||New Jersey Prevention Network||$500,000||$500,000|
|New Mexico||Bernalillo County Office of Environmental Health||$497,353||$497,353|
|North Dakota||North Dakota Department of Health||$370,684||$370,684|
|Ohio||Austen BioInnovation Institute||$500,000||$500,000|
|Public Health-Dayton and Montgomery County||$180,246||$180,246|
|Pennsylvania||Lancaster General Health||$233,577||$233,577|
|Texas||Houston Department of Health and Human Services||$500,000||$500,000|
|Utah||Utah Department of Health||$499,366||$499,366|
|Virginia||Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services||$499,559||$499,559|
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|Tribes and Territories||Award Amount|
|Confederated Tribes of The Chehalis Reservation (Washington)||$498,663||$498,663|
|Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (Wisconsin)||$499,982||$499,982|
|Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Center (Washington)||$218,929||$218,929|
|Toiyabe Indian Health Project (California)||$500,000||$500,000|
|Ulkerreuil A Klengar (Republic of Palau)||$147,106||$147,106|
|Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (Alaska)||$193,340||$193,340|
|National Networks||Award Amount|
|American Lung Association||$800,000||$800,000|
|American Public Health Association||$300,000||$300,000|
|Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership||$300,000||$300,000|
|Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America||$300,000||$300,000|
|National REACH Coalition||$900,000||$900,000|
|YMCA of the USA||$1,300,000||$1,300,000|
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|State||CTG Small Communities||FY12 Award Amount|
|Community Health Councils, Inc.||$7,883,885|
|County of Sonoma||$3,517,360|
|St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake||$497,076|
|County of Santa Clara||$1,027,931|
|Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children||$1,692,291|
District of Columbia
|District of Columbia Department of Health||$1,759,249|
|School Board of Miami-Dade County||$3,133,055|
|Tanner Medical Center, Inc.||$1,219,468|
|Chicago Public Schools, District 299||$4,398,118|
|Quality Quest for Health of Illinois, Inc.||$2,404,708|
|Welborn Baptist Foundation, Inc.||$3,021,957|
|YMCA of Wichita||$2,461,198|
|Linking the Parish, Inc.||$366,075|
|MaineGeneral Medical Center||$200,000|
|Maine Development Foundation||$1,641,120|
|Institute for Public Health Innovation||$2,068,444|
|Prince George’s County||$2,639,382|
|Pioneer Valley Planning Commission||$1,993,443|
|Central Michigan District Health Department||$1,643,798|
|Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation||$204,275|
|Ozarks Regional YMCA||$1,319,403|
|Clark County School District||$2,433,159|
|Health Research, Inc./New York State Department of Health||$2,568,597|
|The Lima Family YMCA||$1,213,363|
|Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc.||$512,520|
|Indian Nation Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging||$244,289|
|Northeast Oregon Network||$572,776|
|City of Beaverton||$1,583,458|
|YMCA of Greenville||$1,954,323|
|Seattle Children’s Hospital||$3,658,205|
|Inland Northwest Health Services||$931,815|
|West Virginia University Research Corporation||$377,796|
|Benewah Medical Center (Idaho)||$415,987|
|Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma)||$1,319,437|
|Tohono O’odham Community Action (Arizona)||$200,000|
To learn more about CDC’s investments in community health, visit the DCH home page or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
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