PREVENTIVE HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES BLOCK GRANT
Purpose and description:
The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG), administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1981, allows Pennsylvania the flexibility to determine key health problems in the state and devise outcome-oriented, population-based programs to address those problems.
The major focus of Pennsylvania's use for these funds continues to be directed towards addressing chronic diseases and injury prevention in the State. The funded programs and personnel include: Cancer Prevention, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke, Injury Prevention (includes Sexual Assault / Rape Prevention), Oral Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Osteoporosis, and Tuberculosis (TB). The programs funded in PA's PHHSBG application focus on a community-based approach to address health risk reduction strategies to prevent disease and injury to impact the health of the community via the essential services.
What these funds do for PA:
The PHHSBG currently funds projects that address a variety of priority health issues, including:
The PHHSBG funds are an investment in prevention, which will pay off in decreased costs in the future. The PHHSBG aims to achieve the objectives set out in Healthy People 2010: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives. Selection of priority topics was based upon morbidity, mortality, years-of-productive-life, behavioral risk data, and consideration of other available resources. Interventions emphasize primary prevention, elimination of health disparities, and strengthening public health infrastructure.
Prevention of cardiovascular disease;
Promotion of healthy eating and regular physical activity;
Needs assessment, data collection and analysis;
Prevention of unintentional injury;
- TB Laboratory testing; and
Services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence
For more information, contact:
Leslie A. Best, Director
Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Room 1000, Health & Welfare Building
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, National Center For Chronic Disease Prevention And Health Promotion, Preventive Health And Health Services Block Grant
CDC Block Grant Website