American Heart Association receives funding from CDC to improve community health

March 23, 2015 Categories: Program News

DALLAS (March 23, 2015) – The American Heart Association was one of three national organizations recently awarded a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Community Health (CDC/DCH) to build and strengthen health promotion efforts at the community level.

The AHA has selected 15 markets around the country to implement local programs that help reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition, and increase physical activity.

The 15 markets and their focus areas include:

  1. Hartford, CT - Nutrition

  2. Beaverton, OR- Physical Activity

  3. Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George Counties, MD - Nutrition

  4. Bismarck/ Mandan, ND - Nutrition

  5. Incline Village/ Washoe County, NV – Smoke-free

  6. Oklahoma City, OK - Nutrition

  7. Southern Chester County, PA - Nutrition

  8. Providence, RI – Nutrition and Physical Activity

  9. Memphis/ Shelby County, TN - Nutrition

  10. Central TX, TX – Smoke-free

  11. Houston and Fort Bend County, TX – Smoke-free

  12. San Antonio, TX - Nutrition

  13. Hampton Roads, VA - Nutrition

  14. Kanawha County, WV – Nutrition and Physical Activity

  15. Fox Valley, South-Central and Central, WI – Nutrition and Physical Activity

“The volunteers and staff of the American Heart Association look forward to working within each of these 15 communities to help develop effective population health approaches to prevent chronic disease and reduce health disparities,” said Nancy Brown, the Association’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to be a part of this initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we’re committed to doing all we can to advance healthy lifestyles and build a strong base for evidence-based prevention programming.”

These programs are part of the American Heart Association’s mission to transform the way Americans eat, live and play and curb the prevalence of disease. By 2020, the American Heart Association wants to improve the overall cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent over the next decade.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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