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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 obesity, 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, learn, work, 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.
  • Businesses.
  • 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.

CTG Awardees

State Implementation States and Communities Award Amount
FY11 FY12
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
FY11 FY12
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 Award Amount
FY11 FY12
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
FY11 FY12
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

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National Networks Award Amount
FY11 FY12
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
Microclinic International $2,433,839
Linking the Parish, Inc. $366,075
MaineGeneral Medical Center $200,000
Maine Development Foundation $1,641,120
MaineHealth $2,425,220
Healthy Acadia $1,335,314
Institute for Public Health Innovation $2,068,444
Prince George’s County $2,639,382
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission $1,993,443
YMCA Southcoast $1,064,531
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
New York
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
South Carolina
YMCA of Greenville $1,954,323
Project Vida $318,135
Seattle Children’s Hospital $3,658,205
Inland Northwest Health Services $931,815
West Virginia
West Virginia University Research Corporation $377,796
Tribal Awardees
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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