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$394,000 Grant Will Help Fight Chronic Disease

January 7, 2015

Partners Will Use Community and Systems Approaches to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke

TACOMA, WA – The Washington State Department of Health has awarded Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department a $394,000 chronic disease prevention grant.

In its notification letter, the Department of Health said the grant application rose above other candidates through the Health Department’s “commitment to whole population and priority population approaches to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.”

The $394,734 annual amount, expected to be renewed for three additional years, will help the Health Department and community partners reduce chronic disease through policy, systems and environmental changes.

“This grant will allow us to take a comprehensive approach to reducing chronic disease by integrating interventions in the community and in clinics,” said Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH, director of health. “Working with community partners, we will build a clinical systems infrastructure that identifies and treats patients at risk for chronic disease.”

Specifically, the Health Department and it partners will use grant funds to:

  • Improve community environments that promote and reinforce healthy behaviors and practices.
  • Support lifestyle change programs in the community.
  • Increase capacity for community health workers as valued members of the healthcare team.
  • Support improvements to health information technology and exchange.
  • Improve health linkages between community organizations and health care providers.
  • Increase chronic disease screenings.
This work will help advance the goals of the Pierce County Community Health Improvement Plan, a strategic plan for improving the health of Pierce County through work of the Health Department, MultiCare Health System, CHI Franciscan Health, Group Health, and the University of Washington-Tacoma Nursing Program and School of Social Work. It also builds on the Health Department’s chronic disease prevention priorities.


Edie Jeffers, Communications Manager
(253) 798-2853, (253) 405-6822 (cell/text),
Kirsten Frandsen, Project Manager
(253) 798-3540,

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