Pennsylvania receives $4 million in CDC funding

Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Friday that Pennsylvania will receive $4 million in funding as part of its support of initiatives that target the prevention of chronic diseases and the promotion of health.

As part of the federal Affordable Care Act, the CDC will provide $212 million in funds nationally to support 193 initiatives by organizations, states, cities and counties.

Awards in Pennsylvania include $465,876 to Temple University's REACH, or Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, program. The funding will be used to target a reduction in tobacco use, improvements in nutrition and fitness and other preventative health measures for racial and ethnic communities.

The city of Philadelphia will receive the largest award in Pennsylvania with $2,785,592 going toward reducing health disparities throughout communities and promoting the prevention of diseases and conditions such as obesity, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania also was awarded $787,577 to be used for the enhancement of state public health actions in chronic disease prevention and promotion of health programs that already exist.