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CDC's Healthy Communities Program provides funding and technical assistance to selected national organizations in two categories: (A) community funding and (B) translation and dissemination.  

Category A awardees are the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the  National Recreation and Park Association, and the YMCA of the USA. Category A organization activities include:

  • Facilitating program development;
  • Implementing a coordinated community selection process;
  • Awarding funding to local entities;
  • Reviewing and approving community action plans;
  • Providing community-based technical assistance and support;
  • Assisting in the local development and implementation of needed health-related policy, systems, and environmental change strategies;
  • Providing linkages to resources and other funding opportunities;
  • Connecting local communities to national partners and experts;
  • Identifying nontraditional partners who can provide additional technical assistance;
  • Providing assistance in community evaluation methods; and
  • Supporting sustainability planning.


Category B awardees are the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Society for Public Health Education. Category B organizations develop health promotion tools and resources and provide effective policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to communities, with a specific emphasis on the following activities:

  • Building leadership;
  • Disseminating effective tools, resources, and community-based models;
  • Promoting electronic communications;
  • Developing policy-related products; and
  • Creating training opportunities.