Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2011

TFAH Statement on Community Transformation Grants: Good for America’s Health

Washington, DC, September 27, 2011 - The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) applauds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for announcing the Community Transformation Grants (CTGs) to states and communities.

CTGs were created as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and supported through the Prevention and Public Health Fund. 

The following is a statement from Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of TFAH, and Chair of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.  

"Today's announcement of the Community Transformation Grant awards is a tremendous step in the right direction for the health of Americans. With 23 capacity building grants and 36 regular grants, communities across the country are getting the support they need to concentrate on top preventive priorities including smoking cessation, active living and healthy eating, high-impact quality clinical and other preventive services (specifically prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol), social and emotional wellness, and healthy and safe physical environments. 

Community Transformation Grants represent a groundbreaking approach to health in the United States - transforming our focus from treating people only after they've become sick to finding ways to keep them healthier in the first place. With millions of Americans suffering from preventable diseases, two-thirds of Americans overweight or obese, and 20 percent of adults and teens smoking, we need to take measures to bend the disease curve in this country. Investing in prevention can help spare millions of Americans from developing serious, preventable diseases and reduce billions of dollars in health care costs.  CTGs are an investment in the future health and wealth of the country.

The fact that 214 communities applied for these grants demonstrates the strong interest and major need for this program.  The recent proposal to cut $3.5 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund - a 25 percent reduction in this new investment in prevention by FY15 - as part of the President's Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction would be short-sighted both for preventing disease and reducing health care costs in the long run.

On the other hand, we were pleased that both the President and Senate have proposed major increases in the CTGs for the next fiscal year. It will be important to maintain funding and get CTGs to communities faster in 2012 - the sooner resources are distributed the sooner lives are improved and saved.  These communities are ready to get to work."

Today's grants have been awarded to:

Implementation States and Communities

Award Amount

Broward Regional Health Planning Council (Florida)


City of Austin Health & Human Services Department (Texas)


County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (California)


Denver Health and Hospital Authority (Colorado)


Douglas County Health Department (Nebraska)


Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department (Minnesota)


Illinois Department of Public Health


Iowa Department of Public Health


Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (California)


Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (Kentucky)


Maine Department of Health and Human Services/Maine CDC


Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Massachusetts Department of Public Health (to serve state minus large counties)


Massachusetts Department of Public Health (to serve Middlesex County)


Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation (Missouri)


Minnesota Department of Health


Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services


New Mexico Department of Health


North Carolina Division of Public Health


Oklahoma City-County Health Department (Oklahoma)


Philadelphia Department of Public Health (Pennsylvania)


Public Health Institute (to serve the state of California minus large counties)


San Francisco Department of Public Health (California)


Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)


South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control


South Dakota Department of Health


Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (Alaska)


Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (Washington)


Texas Department of State Health Services


The Fund for Public Health in New York (New York)


University Health Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wisconsin)


University of Rochester Medical Center (New York)


Vermont Department of Health


Washington State Department of Health


West Virginia Bureau for Public Health



Capacity-Building States and Communities

Award Amount

Austen BioInnovation Institute (Ohio)


Bernalillo County Office of Environmental Health (New Mexico)


Cobb Public Health (Georgia)


Confederated Tribes of The Chehalis Reservation (Washington)


Connecticut Department of Public Health


County of Kern, Public Health Services Department (California)


Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (Virginia)


Fresno County Department of Public Health (California)


Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (Wisconsin)


Houston Department of Health & Human Services (Texas)


Lancaster General Health (Pennsylvania)


Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals


My Brother's Keeper Inc. (Mississippi)


New Jersey Prevention Network


North Dakota Department of Health


Public Health-Dayton and Montgomery County (Ohio)


Sierra Health Foundation (Sacramento Co., California)


Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Center (Washington)


Spectrum Health Hospitals (Kent Co., Michigan)


Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (California)


Toiyabe Indian Health Project (California)


Ulkerreuil A Klengar (Republic of Palau)


Unlawful Narcotics Investigation Treatment Education, Inc. (Kentucky)


Utah Department of Health


Ventura County Public Health (California)


Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (Alaska)


Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.





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