$42.5 million for public health improvements announced
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 27, 2010
Public health departments across the country received additional financial assistance this month that will go toward creating public health jobs and improving preventive services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Sept. 20 that it awarded $42.5 million to pay for 94 projects at state, tribal, local and territorial health departments.
The money will help expand and train public health staff and improve networking and coordination in the public health system, government officials said.
The new Prevention and Public Health Fund, created under the health system reform law enacted in March, provided the money.
Separately, HHS announced on Sept. 14 that $31 million will go to 10 communities in eight states, and to a state health department to support public health efforts to increase physical activity, improve nutrition and reduce obesity and smoking.
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