Fairfax County Awarded Grant to Help Create Healthier Communities

Sept. 28, 2011

On Sept. 27, Fairfax County Government was selected to receive a grant of $499,559 per year for at least the next three years to build capacity to implement policy, system, programmatic and infrastructure changes to promote health and prevent chronic disease.

This grant is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Community Transformation Grants to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending. 

“This grant provides the Fairfax community a unique opportunity to effectively improve community health,” said Fairfax County Health Director Gloria Addo-Ayensu, MD, MPH. “By engaging and leveraging local public health system partner expertise and assets, we can create the kind of improvement plans necessary to make healthy choices practical and available to all members of our community.”

Specifically, the work that Fairfax County will be doing includes building upon the success of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) strategic planning process that has been supported by the Fairfax County Health Department and led by the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax, a coalition of community members and organizations that are working together to strengthen the public health system and improve community health.

“In the United States, chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death, disability, and health care costs, accounting for 70 percent of all deaths each year and 75 percent of all medical costs," said Fairfax County Deputy County Executive Patricia Harrison. "Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly health problems in the country, they are also among the most preventable. The Community Transformation Grant will allow us to focus our resources and enhance our efforts to ensure our system is set up to encourage and support health promotion and chronic disease prevention.”

Overall, HHS awarded approximately $103 million in prevention grants to 61 states and communities, reaching more than 120 million Americans.

To learn more about the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax and the MAPP process, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/mapp. For more information about this grant award, contact Jesse Ellis, Neighborhood and Community Services, at 703-324-5626 or jesse.ellis@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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