Unprecedented Grant for Combating Smoking and Obesity

Communities Count   (Seattle)

March 2010

Public Health was awarded over $25 million in federal stimulus dollars, the largest grant in its history, for two successful grant proposals in an intensely competitive field. The two-year Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant is focused on policy and system change rather than individual education, and includes intensive media campaigns, community-based interventions such as resources for neighborhood corner stores to include healthy foods, and community advocacy around policies to restrict cigarette advertising and support for healthy foods and physical activity in schools. As part of the grant proposals, epidemiologists carried out an innovative analysis comparing racial, income and education disparities in King County to the other 15 largest U.S. counties. More on this topic is below under presentations.

Communities Putting Prevention to Work