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Community Transformation Grant (CTG)

Building Healthy Communities

South County: United for Health is a collaborative effort to create healthier communities where people live, work, learn and play in the cities of Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Martin, and parts of unincorporated Santa Clara County, also known as South County. In September 2012, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department received a two-year Community Transformation Grant (CTG) for Small Communities from the Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDC) to support public health efforts to reduce preventable chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and strokes, of which disproportionately affect the 93,000 South County residents. The cost of these conditions is staggering; 75 cents of every dollar spent on medical costs are used to treat them. These costs do not include missed days of works or school, lost productivity, disability, reduced quality of life, and premature death. South County: United for Health proposes to reduce chronic disease prevalence and their associated health care costs by implementing community-wide strategies designed to positively impact factors that contribute to chronic disease and result in decreased rates of obesity, healthier eating, increased rates of physical activity, decreased tobacco use and exposure, and improved emotional well-being and overall mental health.

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South County: United for Health will focus on building capacity and implementing evidenced-based best practices in five strategic areas:

Tobacco-Free Living​
Active Living and Health Eating​
High Impact Clinical Preventative Services​
Social and Emotional Well-Being​

Healthy and Safe Environments​

Through a competitive grant process, four community-based organizations were selected to implement the goals of the CTG grant:

  • Youth Alliance
  • Creative Mundo
  • Seneca Family of Agencies
  • Breathe California

For more information on the Community Transformation Grant for Small Communities efforts, contact the Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at 408.793.2700 



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Our mission is to prevent disease and injury and create environments that promote and protect the community's health.