Community Transformation Grant
Frequently asked questions
What is the Community Transformation Grant (CTG)?
Minnesota received a CTG grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address health disparities, create a healthier future, and help control health care spending. The grant supports community-based efforts to reduce the physical and financial burden of chronic disease felt by Minnesota families, businesses and government.
How much is the grant? What’s the timeline?
Minnesota was awarded $3.6 million per year for five years through a competitive process. The five-year CTG project period runs through September 2016.
Who else received CTG from the CDC?
CDC awarded CTG grants to 61 states and communities, totaling more than $103 million. In Minnesota, Hennepin County’s Human Services and Public Health Department also received a CTG award within CDC’s large county category.
What is MDH doing with the money?
CTG in Minnesota focuses on two areas.
- Local grants to implement proven strategies in targeted communities with the greatest need based on the highest rural concentration, poverty, chronic disease, obesity and tobacco use.
- Regional work throughout the state to increase access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities, support strategies to reduce tobacco use and exposure, and to improve clinical prevention and care coordination.
- State-level coordination and impact in clinical preventive services, active living strategies, state food charter development and statewide tobacco control policies that reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Who received local CTG grants?
In order to make the most efficient use of grant funds, MDH is using the already in place structure of the Statewide Health Improvement Program. For CTG’s local grants, five SHIP grantees with a high need and proven capacity were chosen, representing a large region of northern Minnesota:
- Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis-Aitkin-Itasca-Koochiching
- Clay-Wilkin-Becker-Otter Tail
- Leech Lake Tribal Community
- North Country-Polk-Mahnomen-Norman
How will CTG help reduce disease?
CTG uses proven, science-based best-practice strategies to tackle the leading causes of chronic disease and premature death:
- Nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans are overweight or obese and about 16 percent of adults smoke.
- Obesity, caused by unhealthy eating and insufficient physical activity, and tobacco use and exposure are the top two causes of premature death in the nation, contributing to chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.
How does CTG help save health care costs?
Reductions in risk factors for chronic disease could result in significant cost savings. Nationally, treating chronic diseases consumes more than 75 percent of the $2.5 trillion spent each year for health care. In addition, CTG will strengthen Minnesota’s economy by reducing chronic disease related-disability and improving worker productivity.
Who will benefit from CTG?
All Minnesotans will benefit from the grant, either directly through decreased health care costs and increased access to physical activity, healthy foods, and smoke-free environments, or indirectly from increased productivity and economic growth resulting from improved worker health.
What is the relationship between the Statewide Health Improvement Program and CTG?
MDH received CTG in no small part due to the success of SHIP. CTG builds on, and is dependent on, the continued work of SHIP, taking advantage of the structures and capacity for successful work created through SHIP.
However, CTG cannot replace SHIP. SHIP’s health improvement efforts support community prevention strategies at the local level, working on locally selected strategies reflecting the needs of the community, whereas CTG works at the regional and state level, and the community grants only support SHIP grantees in high-priority areas of Northern Minnesota.
Get more information about CTG from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Get a fact sheet about MDH's efforts with CTG.