In 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative with funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the initiative supports intensive community approaches to chronic disease prevention and control in selected communities to achieve the following prevention outcomes:
Through the CPPW initiative, communities and tribes are funded under a two-year cooperative agreement to implement evidence- and practice-based MAPPS (Media, Access, Point of decision information, Price, and Social support services) sustainable strategies that are expected to have lasting effects after the conclusion of the two-year funding period. Funded projects emphasize high-impact and broad-reaching policy, environmental, and systems changes in schools, worksites, healthcare systems, and communities. Over 50 million people―or one in six Americans―live in a city, town, or tribal community that will benefit from this initiative.
For the CPPW initiative, DB provides expert consultation and specialized technical assistance to the project officers to help grantees effectively implement large-scale, policy-based interventions for improved health behaviors and chronic disease outcomes. DB’s expert consultation and technical assistance includes:
Analyzing data and providing recommendations for program planning, execution, and advancement to develop and deliver training on policy and environmental systems change.
Performing policy analyses.
Serving as a liaison across CPPW teams, branches, and divisions.
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