For Immediate Release
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Community Transformation Grants Offer Major Lifeline to Local Disease Promotion, Health Improvement Efforts

Statement by Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA

Washington, D.C., May 13, 2011 – “The American Public Health Association congratulates the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today for continuing its lifesaving work of preventing chronic disease and promoting health by committing $100 million to support Community Transformation Grants, created by the Affordable Care Act.

“Improving public health begins at the community level and depends on strong support such as the grants announced today that will help limit the burden of life-threatening chronic diseases.

“Chronic disease costs the United States nearly $1 trillion every year in treatment and lost productivity. And the toll due to suffering and lives lost is immeasurable. The Community Transformation Grants are a lifesaving component of the health reform law and will help us build a stronger healthier nation, one community at a time. The grants announced today will offer local communities an opportunity to improve the health of its residents to a degree that has never been achieved before.”

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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at www.apha.org.