MAYVILLE - The New York State Department of Health has been awarded Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Small Communities funding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The NYSDOH submitted the application for this grant on behalf of three New York State counties including Chautauqua. Only forty awards were made nationally and Chautauqua County is set to receive $450,000 over the next two years.
CTG funding will enable Chautauqua County to implement programming to reduce the burden of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. "We are being presented with a critical public health mission-driven opportunity to make significant strides toward the prevention of disease and promotion of health of our county residents," said Christine Schuyler, County Director of Health and Human Services. "It is also very timely as we are seeing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity rates reaching epidemic proportions," added Schuyler.
The County Health Department will work with a multi-sector leadership team and coalition to implement a comprehensive plan in early child care, school, and community settings within the geographic areas of the Jamestown City, Dunkirk City, and Silver Creek Central School Districts. Chronic disease prevention initiatives championed through CTG will result in a better quality of life for Chautauqua County residents as well as health care related savings in the short and long term.
To learn more about the Community Transformation Grants program, including a list of all awardees, visit www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation/funds/index.htm