Health Care and Life Sciences > Health Reform Resource Center > HHS Awards $31 Million for Community Efforts to Improve Public Health
14 Sep '10

On September 14, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced $31 million in awards to support community public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking, increase physical activity and improve nutrition.  The awards are funded by the Prevention and Public Health Fund included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and are part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (“CPPW”) program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).  Ten communities in eight states and one state health department received awards to increase the availability of healthy foods and beverages, improve access to safe places for physical activity, discourage tobacco use, and encourage smoke-free environments.  More information about the CPPW program and CPPW awardees is available through the CDC website.