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Iowa Community Transformation

What is the Community Transformation Grant (CTG)?

The Community Transformation Grant (CTG) is a program of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The grant's purpose is to reduce risk factors responsible for the leading causes of death and disability by creating healthier communities.

Over the next five years, 25 counties in Iowa will work on Iowa's Community Transformation Grant. They will focus on four main areas, also known as strategic directions. These areas include: Tobacco Free Living, Active Living & Health Eating, Clinical Preventive Services, and Safe & Healthy Environments. For more information on these strategic directions follow the links on the left.

The Power of Communities

The Community Transformation Grant (CTG) reminds us that it all starts in a community. Communities shape people and influence all areas of their life, including their health. The CTG creates links between the individual, their community, and the state of Iowa. When an individual has the option and makes the healthy choice, it not only improves their health, but their choices also affect the entire community.

Iowa Community Transformation Grant Newsletter

The Iowa Community Transformation Grant team releases a newsletter briefing bimonthly. Within each issue, recent Community Transformation Grant activities and updates are shared.

How can I get involved?

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  • Ask people in your community to check out their local neighborhood: Are sidewalks and streets safe and in good condition for walking and biking?; Is there healthy food available throughout the community and in public places?; Are apartment buildings voluntarily smoke free?; Do the worksites promote wellness and activity?; Is there an uneven amount of sugar-sweetened beverages in your public places?
  • Join a coalition or partnership working on wellness in your community or county. If one doesn’t exist, start one!
  • Encourage your employer to start promoting healthy eating and physical activity in your work place.
  • Tell your friends, neighbors, and family how important community is for health.
  • Make healthy choices and encourage others to join you.
  • See if your community is funded under the Iowa Community Transformation Grant. If so, contact the person listed to see what is going on near you!