The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

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Program Description
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an organization that was created to protect America from health threats both foreign and domestic. This organization fights diseases, educates citizens and provides care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funded by the CDC’s Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) that receives it budgets through contracts, contributions and cooperative agreements. One of the programs that the CDC has developed through its funding is the healthy communities program. The healthy communities program (HCP) was designed to help people make healthier choices and to avoid chronic diseases and diminish health gaps. This program works at a national, territory, state, and local level to work with leaders and shareholders in the community to promote healthy living. The main factors of this program is to increase physical activity, decrease unhealthy eating and reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke to cut down on the number of adults with chronic diseases such as: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity and arthritis (“Division of Community,” 2014). There are over three hundred community health departments and over fifty state and territorial health departments that are financed by the CDC through the healthy communities program.
Two coaches are chosen and trained at the recently designated communities and then they put together a leadership team that will recognize areas of improvement in…
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