The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) was awarded Tuesday with the Community Transformation Grant to contribute to the county’s ten-year health strategy to curb destructive behaviors.
The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), allocates more than $3 million dollars to San Diego County projects proven to reduce chronic disease. It is the second largest Community Transformation Grant awarded to a county government in the nation.
The County-funded projects will address issues such as tobacco-free living, active lifestyles, healthy eating, and the increased use of clinical prevention services.
“This Community Transformation Grant will help the County focus on projects that will improve the community’s health and well-being,” said Chairman Bill Horn, County Board of Supervisors. “The grant will assist us in reducing the three behaviors; lack of exercise, poor diet and tobacco use, which result in the four top chronic diseases that cause over 50 percent of the deaths in San Diego.”
San Diego County is one of 61 grantees awarded with a Community Transformation Grant. Overall, HHS has awarded approximately $103 million to states and communities across the U.S.