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MN receives $1.1 million in HHS grants

The Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund grants will support state and community efforts to fight obesity, increase HIV testing, promote tobacco quit lines, expand mental health and substance abuse programs and track, monitor and respond to disease outbreaks.

On the six-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius highlighted another important facet of the law today with the announcement of nearly $100 million in grants made possible primarily by the new law's Prevention and Public Health Fund. Of those grants, $1.1 million will go to Minnesota. The grants will support a variety of critical public health programs in states and local communities; everything from tobacco quit lines to HIV testing to programs that help address and tackle substance abuse and mental health issues.

"This investment in prevention and public health will pay enormous dividends both today and in the future," said Sebelius. "In order to strengthen our health care system, we need to stop just focusing solely on sick care and start focusing more on proven evidence-based ways to keep people healthy in the first place. These grants made possible by the Affordable Care Act will support programs across the country that will make Americans healthier. From providing tools to help people stop smoking to new HIV testing and prevention programs to a critical investment in mental health, these Affordable Care Act Prevention grants will help people get what they need to stay healthy and live longer."

Grants being announced today represent proven programs run by divisions and centers across HHS. More than $75 million will go to fund key state and local public health programs supported through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Another $26.2 million will go to state and community substance abuse and mental health programs from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). One grant from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) will go toward launching the Healthy Weight Collaborative at the Prevention Center for Healthy Weight.