Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Government public health opportunities because of ARRA

Looking for a public health job? You can find some here on the Job Board.

Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) is an initiative developed by the HHS. It's a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or ARRA. The goal of the HHS initiative – Communities Putting Prevention to Work – is to reduce risk factors and prevent/delay chronic disease and promote wellness in both children and adults. The initiative was launched by HHS in a press briefing held on September 17, 2009.

$372.8 million, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has been awarded nationally to 44 communities, including cities, states, towns, and tribes. $120 million will support States and Territories in promoting wellness and preventing chronic disease through state-wide policy and environmental change for chronic disease prevention and to increase tobacco cessation through expanded quit lines and tobacco cessation media. $32.5 million will support state chronic disease self-management programs.

If you're thinking about a career in public health, get involved with your local public health organization as they leverage these stimulus funds to develop a robust CPPW initiative that focuses on wellness and disease prevention. Click here to view a list of grantees by state.

In the Philadelphia area, you may want to get to know Giridhar Mallya, MD, MSHP, Director of Policy and Planning, Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Project Director for CPPW.

Dr. Mallya will be giving a talk titled, "Creating Healthy Communities: Tobacco Use, Nutrition, and Physical Activity"

Wednesday June 16, 2010 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

You can learn about Dr. Mallya's upcoming lecture here.

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