Santa Clara County awarded $5.7 million to combat chronic disease and risk factors

October 6, 2014
Press Release
SAN JOSE, CA – Nearly $6 million in multi-year federal funding was awarded to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to combat chronic disease and related risk factors, announced U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), and Mike Honda (D-San Jose) today.

The funds, distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and part of the Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant program, will be used to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease and related risk factors, including tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and lack of access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction and management opportunities.

"The County Public Health Department provides invaluable services to our community's large and diverse population," said Lofgren, Eshoo, and Honda. "This new federal funding will allow the Department to expand county-wide strategies and targeted programs to improve overall wellness and reduce health disparities for populations at disproportionate risk of chronic disease. We look forward to the many significant, positive health outcomes and potentially transformative impact of these new initiatives."

"We are very grateful for this award as it will allow us to continue our work with community partners to address the conditions in our lived environments that so profoundly shape and influence our health," said Daniel Peddycord, County of Santa Clara Director of Public Health. "By creating healthier conditions in the places we live, learn, work and play we create environments that are far more conducive to good health."

In a letter supporting the County's grant application, Lofgren noted the Public Health Department's efforts "have made real progress in many areas including improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, reducing smoking, and expanding chronic disease prevention efforts," and urged support for the "County's efforts to continue creating environments that support health and healthy behaviors, [and] using these funds to address gaps and populations of need."

The County Public Health Department has been awarded $1.9 million for the first year, and has been recommended for the same amount for years 2 and 3, subject to the availability of funds.