Local groups receive part of $47 million in state grants to fight chronic disease

Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at 7:30 am

Local health organizations are receiving funding for the fight against tobacco and obesity.  The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has awarded 39 grants to Minnesota communities to help lower the number of Minnesotans who use tobacco or who are obese or overweight.

Kanabec-Pine Community Health Board is receiving $392,000 for Phase one planning and assessment.  The Isanti-Mille-Lacs Community Health is the recipient of $523,000, and Chisago County will get $416,000 for its planning and assessment.

Complete list here

The $47 million appropriation for the Statewide Health Improvement Program, also known as SHIP, will cover 86 counties and eight tribal governments over the next two years through grants and technical assistance. SHIP is part of Minnesota’s historic health care reform initiative that was signed into law in 2008.

“Minnesota is at the forefront of health care reform,” Governor Tim Pawlenty said in a press release. “The Statewide Health Improvement Program will improve the health of Minnesotans and also help contain the spiraling costs of health care.”

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