Health Department to Award Over $1 Million to Support Local Health Prevention Programs

For Immediate Release: January 24 , 2007

Contact: Communication Office
863-7281

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health will issue grants totaling more than $1 million beginning in July 2007 to fund community wellness initiatives statewide. The Department of Health will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for grant applicants on January 26.

The multi-year grants will promote programs such as elderly wellness, nutrition and physical activity, lead poisoning prevention, obesity prevention, maternal and child health, immunization, mental health, substance abuse, and tobacco prevention and cessation.

The grants will be issued through CHAMPPS (Coordinated Healthy Activity, Motivation and Prevention Programs) to promote healthy behavior and disease prevention across the community and across the lifespan of Vermonters.

“CHAMPPS was established by the Vermont legislature in 2006 using federal and state funds and serves as the foundation for community wellness initiatives,” said Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN, acting commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health. “The programs competing for funds have to clearly demonstrate they can deliver a substantial benefit to the health and wellness of their local community.”

Organizations eligible to apply include municipalities, schools and supervisory unions, public and private not-for-profit organizations, coalitions and other community partnerships.

Proposals will be due to the Department of Health on March 9, 2007. The grant period is July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.

CHAMPPS applicants are required to attend one of two applicant training sessions to be offered via Vermont Interactive Television on February 1 and February 6, 2007.

Registration is required in order to attend the applicant training.

For the Request for Proposal (RFP), details regarding the applicant training, and the applicant training registration form, visit the CHAMPPS page of the Vermont Department of Health website: http://healthvermont.gov/local/grants/CHAMPPS.aspx

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