The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supported in part by the Affordable Care Act, is supporting cross-cutting efforts to prevent and control chronic diseases, the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. In 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health received one of twenty-one awards totaling $69.5 million grants to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke (DP14-1422PHF14 or "1422" grants) to coordinate prevention activities to: 1) reduce rates of death and disability due to tobacco use, 2) reduce the prevalence of obesity, and 3) reduce the rates of death and disability due to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The grant also supports efforts to help people manage conditions such as high blood pressure and pre-diabetes. Fall River was one of four Mass in Motion Communities to receive a $440,000 grant each year for four years. Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR) will oversee this grant in collaboration with the HealthFirst Family Care Center and the City's Mass in Motion Project. For more information, contact Project Director Paula Beaulieu at 508-235-7066.

(Top row, left and right) SSTAR Project Director Paula Beaulieu, Technician Ray Gordon, Family Health Care Center Director Tim Comeaux, HealthFirst Family Care Center Clinical Director Linda Medeiros, Fall River City Grant Writer Jane Dibiasio and Fall River Health and Human Services Director Henry Vaillancourt, M.D. meet in the SSTAR Board Room to plan the application for the 1422 grant. (Top row, center) Partners Executive Director David S. Weed, Psy.D., makes a point during one of the early planning sessions. (Row two, left and right) Ray Gordon assists Tim Comeax and the team with plans for electronic referrals while SSTAR Executive Director Nancy Paul, WalkBoston Executive Director Wendy Landsman, and Tim Comeaux listen as Paula Beaulieu discusses strategies for increasing walking among the Center's patients. (Row three) MA DPH consultant Rachel Cohen, Mass. Council on Aging Consultant Mary Kay Browne, and Southeastern Regional Office Community Liaison/Policy Coordinator Maria Evora-Rosa talk over strategy with Fall River Mass in Motion Coordinator Julianne Kelly, in yellow. (Bottom row) A Fall River resident selects healthier foods at Amaral's Market, children help to open a newly-striped bike lane on Meridean Street in Fall River, and a sign prohibiting tobacco use on the grounds of Durfee HIgh School illustrate three of the prevention strategies that the 1422 Project will focus on over the next three years.

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