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) is managing this grant in collaboration with City's Mass in Motion Project. The management group met on March 8, 2016 to review results of a recent meeting. Click here for a two-minute video of the report on the project by Project Director Paula Beaulieu. Click here for an earlier report on the award of the grant. For more information, contact Paula Beaulieu at 508-235-7066.

(Top row left and right) Community Health Worker Wanda Cruz and SRPEDD Transportation Planner Jackie Schmidt look over a meeting summary as SSTAR Project Director Paula Beaulieu and nurse Kristin Silva listen as dietitian Joan Barrett reports on her role in the project. (Row two, left) Mass in Motion Fall River Coordinator Julianne Kelly describes aspects of the project as Project Evaluator Ray Gordon listens and SSTAR Community Prevention Coordinator Eric Andrade look over the summary. (Row two, right) Paula Beaulieu listens as Family Care Center Director Tim Comeaux gives his perspective on the project's progress. (Bottom row, left and center) Jackie Schmidt reports on SRPEDD's role in the project before Eric Andrade describes the wayfinding part of the project. (Bottom row, right) SSTAR RN Buzzi Gilliam talks about the clinical aspects of the project.

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