HHS on Tuesday announced it awarded more than $103 million in grants to states and communities representing more than 120 million residents for programs to address chronic diseases.
$103 million awarded for chronic-disease programs
Supported by the Prevention and Public Health fund in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Community Transformation Grant funding is supposed to help grantees center on tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, and quality clinical and other preventive services, specifically prevention and the control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
According to HHS, this round of grant funding is separated into “implementation” and “capacity building,” in which 35 grant recipients will implement interventions to help improve health and wellness, while 26 grantees will work on establishing a foundation for sustainable prevention efforts. Depending on the project's scope and size, funding will range between $500,000 to $10 million for the former group and between $147,000 and $500,000 for the latter group.
Awards went to state and local government agencies, tribes and territories, and not-for-profit organizations.
On a call with reporters Tuesday, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh noted that chronic diseases are responsible for about 75% of healthcare costs in the United States. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the $103 million in grant funding translates to roughly less than $1 per person for the 120 million who will be served by these programs. That compares with the more than $7,500 per person that is spent each year in healthcare costs, Frieden said.
The amount of each grant is for one year, and is expected to run for five years. That continued funding is dependent on “the continued presence of the Affordable Care Act,” Frieden said on the call.
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