232169 A community perspective on the ARRA Communities Putting Prevention to Work application process

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Jennifer Suzanne Lopez , Kern County Network for Children, Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, Bakersfield, CA
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) public-private partnership in California proved instrumental in enabling Kern County Department of Public Health (DPH) and its community partners, in California's Central Valley, to compete for this federal funding. With the partnership's support, Kern County DPH staff undertook a proposal larger than any they had previously tackled; and, the process brought together two major agencies with significant impact across the county, Kern County DPH and Kern County Superintendent of Schools. Kern County recognized an opportunity to extend many locally successful approaches to healthy eating and active living, through environmental and policy change, into other parts of the county, and to sustain strong programs that were about to sunset. Three years of community partnerships developed through CCROPP, the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, gave the DPH a solid base from which to build the proposal. CCROPP-Kern community partners supported the proposal development by agreeing to expand and develop many of their resident and youth centered models that had been considered in the creation of the stimulus funding. To receive support, participating counties committed to a list of agreements set out by the California Convergence, including a commitment to shared obesity prevention policy priorities, and a commitment that recipient counties would leverage ARRA resources in ways that would benefit the state as a whole. This strengthened county commitment to environmental and policy change approaches to healthy eating and active living within both agencies, and aligned us with health departments across the state in our mission to affect policies and environments that impact our health.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss the importance of providing supports to local communities to have capacity to apply for federal funding of great magnitude 2)Describe ways in which the funding application process created the opportunity for large scale community partners to come together who otherwise might not 3) Explain how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) application process led to a local shift in perspective from strictly health education to environmental policy change approach for obesity prevention, to align with this opportunity

Keywords: Funding, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Kern County CCROPP community lead, I partnered with Kern County Department of Public Health to support the ARRA proposal submission process, linking Kern County DPH with Convergence and other supporting partners.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.