Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department receives $394,000 grant

The Washington State Department of Health announced Jan. 7 that it will award the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department $394,000 to help combat chronic diseases. The grant will be distributed annually and is renewable for the next three years.

The money will aid the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department in tackling chronic diseases through a multifaceted approach that includes policy, system and environmental changes. These chronic conditions include obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

“This grant will allow us to take a comprehensive approach to reducing chronic disease by integrating interventions in the community and in clinics,” said Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH, director of health at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

The grant will primarily fund improvement in a few key areas such as reinforcing healthy behaviors, increasing capacity for community health workers, updating health IT, and increasing the number of chronic disease screenings. This work will help advance the goals of the Pierce County Community Health Improvement Plan which is a partnership between Pierce County and a number of major health systems and universities in the area.