The Council of State Governments West


October 30, 2013

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CDC Offers States Disease Prevention Grants
Oasis in a Food Desert
Private Sector, University, and Government Collaboration Webinar
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CDC Offers States Disease Prevention Grants

By: Rich Lindsey, CSG West 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this summer that as part of their strategy to prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, and obesity the agency was making a non-competitive funding opportunity to all fifty states and the District of Columbia. A second competitive component has funding for up to 25 states. Combined funding for both components is $70 million.


With the non-competitive component states will be asked to target strategies that result in measurable impacts to address school health, nutrition and physical activity risk factors, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease and stroke prevention.  Strategies should be designed to focus on early childhood programs, schools, and work sites.  The CDC is also asking public health officials through partnerships to address uncontrolled hypertension and encourage increased breastfeeding.


Why is the CDC offering up these funding opportunities to states?  The CDC defines chronic diseases as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and related risk factors, such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, and poor diet.  Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, accounting for 7 of every 10 deaths.  By 2005, almost 1 in every 2 American adults had at least one chronic disease. Today, medical care costs for people with chronic diseases account for more than 75% of the nation's $2.6 trillion medical care costs. 


This funding opportunity by the CDC demonstrates how public health and health care systems are evolving.  The alarming statistics related to obesity and diabetes alone show how the focus of health care systems has moved from acute and infectious disease to chronic diseases. The focus on chronic disease has raised the spotlight on prevention, health promotion, and the raising of awareness in communities of the importance of supporting healthy living  linked to health care systems.  A primary outcome aimed for by the CDC's non-competitive component, for example, is to increase community clinical linkages to public health efforts of prevention and control of diabetes and obesity. 



One of the most important impacts the CDC funding opportunity could have on prevention is the creation of long term community collaborations.  Focus on community awareness of better nutrition and fitness requires partnerships among public and private sectors.  The business community, schools, hospitals, non-governmental organizations, and federal, state, and local governments are examples of just a few of the entities that need to work together to create healthier living habits that will prevent chronic diseases by changing community norms.


For more information on the CDC funding please visit here.

Oasis in a Food Desert


Making Fresh Food Available to Urban Poor
By Tim Weldon, CSG Education Policy Analyst

Florence Coleman lives in a desert. Perhaps her neighborhood in Houston isn't the image most people have of a cracked, crusted, sunbaked region. But make no mistake, it's still a desert-a food desert.

"We have only one supermarket in our community and it serves tens of thousands of people," Coleman said. "The people of this community have very limited access to get out of this community because they don't have cars, a lot of them.

"We have very limited fresh vegetables at our supermarket. We tell them that we want things, but it never happens," she added. "I have rarely seen fresh broccoli." 

Coleman, a senior citizen, says it would take her two bus rides to get to the next closet supermarket. 

"We have a lot of fast food places in the area, which is not a good thing," she said.

Coleman lives in an area in north Houston known as Kashmere Gardens. Most of the people living there are African-American or Hispanic. That's not unusual. Disproportionately, people living in food deserts tend to be low income and racial or ethnic minorities. 


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