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DCH Programs

Newly Funded Programs

The Division of Community Health will manage three new awards that total nearly $94 million and support 93 grantees that include large and small cities and counties, tribal organizations, and national and community organizations. These new awards support cross-cutting programs to prevent and control chronic diseases and improve community health:

National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention

The national organizations program supports 3 community capacity building and implementation awardees, and 2 dissemination and training awardees. Both types of awardees will work closely to coordinate strategies and technical assistance to maximize their collective impact, increase national and local awareness of community health work, and ensure that targeted communities are able to increase their capacity and achieve sustainable improvements that will continue after program funding ends.

  • Community Capacity Building and Implementation awardees will fund two cohorts of up to 20 sub-recipients from among chapters/affiliates to develop or strengthen their coalitions and implement plans that address one or more chronic disease risk factors.
  • Dissemination and Training awardees will develop and monitor the uptake and use of tools and trainings to support the capacity building and local community improvements of funded chapters/affiliates and their community coalitions.

Awards and Amounts

Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH)

Awardees will serve one of three different areas: large cities/counties with populations of 500,000 or more; small cities/counties with populations between 50,000-499,999; and American Indian tribes/tribal organizations.

  • 13 large cities/urban counties
  • 20 small cities/counties
  • 6 American Indian tribes/tribal organizations

Awardees proposed specific activities to address the leading risk factors for the major causes of death and disability in the United States: tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity. The proposed activities will not be finalized until plans have been finalized with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Awards and Amounts

REACH 2014


Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) is a national program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aimed at reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health. Through REACH, CDC supports awardee partners that will establish community-based programs and culturally-tailored interventions serving African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.

Interventions focus on proper nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use and exposure, and chronic disease prevention, risk reduction and management opportunities. Additionally, awardees will address health disparities in heart disease, diabetes, and infant health. The intent of REACH is to build an evidence base that supports community-centered approaches to reducing or eliminating health disparities. REACH strategies will impact at least 75% of the selected priority population.

REACH will support two types of awardees:

  • 17 Basic Implementation Awardees identified at least one chronic disease factor that will impact the proposed target population
  • 32 Comprehensive Implementation Awardees identified at least two chronic disease factors that will impact the proposed target population.

Awardees proposed specific activities to address the leading risk factors for the major causes of death and disability in the United States: tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity. The proposed activities will not be finalized until plans have been finalized with CDC by the end of 2014.

Awards and Amounts

Click REACH Program Page for more information.

Previously Funded Programs

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Community Transformation Grants Program (CTG)

CTG supports community-level efforts to reduce chronic disease. All awardees are working to improve the health of the nation with strategies that focus on tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, and clinical and community preventive services to prevent and control high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Funded by the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, CTG is expected to run for 5 years and reach more than 1 in 3 U.S. citizens—about 120 million Americans. In 2011, CTG awarded $103 million to 61 state and local government agencies, tribes and territories, and nonprofit organizations in 36 states. In 2012, CTG expanded to reach more people in more places. The CTG Small Communities Grants awarded approximately $70 million to communities with a population size of less than 500,000 residents.

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Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)

CPPW is a locally driven initiative supporting 50 communities to tackle obesity and tobacco use, two of the leading preventable causes of death and disability in the United States. CPPW communities span the nation and include urban, rural, and tribal communities.

More than 55 million people—or 1 out of 6 Americans—live in a city, town, or tribal community that is benefitting from this initiative. These communities are making healthy living easier by implementing environmental changes such as

  • Increasing opportunities for safe, active transportation;
  • Ensuring the provision of healthy food and beverage options in schools;
  • Limiting exposure to secondhand smoke; and
  • Increasing available tobacco cessation resources.

These efforts are laying the foundation for improved quality of life in the short term and a sustainable reduction in diseases associated with obesity and tobacco use over the long term.

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Healthy Communities Program

The Healthy Communities Program (HCP) works with communities through local, state, territory, and national partnerships to establish, advance, and maintain effective population-based strategies reducing the burden of chronic disease and achieving health equity. Strategies focus on where people work, live, learn, and play, and address major risk factors, including tobacco exposure, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating. Since 2009, 247 communities have received CDC resources.

HCP has—

  • Increased access to healthy foods in parks, schools, and low-income neighborhoods;
  • Increased breastfeeding rates by providing support to nursing mothers such as adequate facilities in public spaces;
  • Increased residents’ physical activity opportunities by working with schools to require daily physical education with at least the minimum recommended physical activity time;
  • Increased community walking, biking, and trail paths;
  • Provided safer opportunities for exercise by implementing the Complete Streets strategies and Safe Routes to Schools; and
  • Decreased residents’ exposure to secondhand smoke in parks, playgrounds, and public buildings.