California Awarded $4 million to Drive Down Chronic Diseases in Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana
New program will help create healthier communities in the U.S.
GARDEN GROVE, CA [September 25, 2014] – Today, Community Action Partnership of Orange County was awarded a grant of approximately $4 million to help Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana create healthier Orange County communities.
The Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) awards are part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will administer the grants, which will run for 3 years, subject to availability of funds.
Overall, HHS awarded $50.3 million in new grant awards to 39 local health agencies. PICH is the newest generation in CDC’s long history of community efforts to create and strengthen healthy environments that make it easier for people to make healthy choices and take charge of their health.
Organizations nationwide will work through multi-sector community coalitions to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve access to programs for preventing and managing chronic diseases.
“We’re pleased to play a leadership role for Orange County Partnership for Improved Health and work with our local health department, cities, and community-based organizations in creating healthier environments. As the anti-poverty agency, the link between chronic disease and poverty may be too costly to ignore as obesity-related diseases and projected health care costs of poverty increase,” said Clarence W. Ray, Executive Director of Community Action Partnership of Orange County.
“Despite recent national and state efforts to prevent chronic disease, we need to make changes at the local level so people can thrive in healthier environments. Without making impactful changes we will continue to see a rise in obesity related diseases in our most vulnerable communities,” said Dolores Barrett, Principal Investigator and Director of Community Partnerships at Community Action Partnership of Orange County.
Community Action Partnership of Orange County will oversee this grant through the Orange County Partnerships for Improve Community Health, a coalition including the City of Anaheim, City of Garden Grove, City of Santa Ana, Alliance for Healthier Orange County, Orange County Food Access Coalition, Orange County Department of Education, Orange County Health Care Agency, Special Service for Groups, Inc., University of California, Irvine, and YMCA Anaheim. The work they will be focusing on throughout the next three years includes:
- Expand farm-to-institution (specifically Farm2School) programs;
- Support and promote community and home gardens;
- Increase the amount of physical activity in P.E. programs in schools;
- Discourage consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (Promote city tap water and water stations); and
- Complete Streets and Active Transportation (bike safe, walk safe).
“I am thrilled that OCPICH has earned this much needed grant to invest in community health in Orange County,” said Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), who wrote a letter of support for the grant. “By promoting and supporting healthier choices for Orange County families, we can cut down the incidence and the costs of debilitating chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”
Community Action Partnership of Orange County, the Orange County Partnerships to Improve Community Health, and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez will be holding a press conference on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 9:00am to 10:00am announcing this award. The event will be held at Community Action Partnership of Orange County, 11870 Monarch St, Garden Grove, CA 92841.
To learn more about Community Action Partnership of Orange County and OCPICH prevention and wellness projects, visit www.capoc.org.
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