Federal prevention monies awarded to promote environmental changes

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Mid-America Regional Council, on behalf of the Jackson County, Independence and Kansas City, Missouri, health departments, a Community Transformation Grant. This grant was aimed to support efforts to reduce chronic disease and create healthier communities, with a focus on tobacco-free living, active lifestyles, healthy eating, increase preventive care and safer physical environments. The same year, the Independence and Lafayette Health Departments received funding from the Social Innovation for Missouri funding program, established by the federal government and distributed through the Missouri Foundation for Health. This money was also used to expand physical activity options, encourage healthier food choices and reduce tobacco use.