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Iowa Community Transformation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Community Transformation Grant (CTG)?

The grant's purpose is to prevent leading causes of death and disability through 4 strategic directions, changes in the community, and growing the health care system.

What activities are the communities going to take on?

Communities will carry out environmental and systems-level approaches to decrease risk factors responsible for the leading causes of death and disability, prevent chronic diseases, and make the gaps smaller in health results across the target population.

The four strategic directions are:

How will community success be measured?

Communities will be expected to show progress in one or more of the following five measures:

1. Changes in weight

2. Changes in proper nutrition

3. Changes in physical activity

4. Changes in tobacco use prevalence

5. Changes in emotional well-being and overall mental health

In addition, communities will be expected to contribute to achievement of the long-term performance objectives and other program-specific measures specified in their Community Transformation Implementation Plans. In each year of their grant awards, communities must submit to CDC a report describing the status of their selected outcome measures and how they contribute to the long-term objectives addressed under the CTG program.

These long-term objective include:

1. Reduce death and disability due to tobacco use by 5% among the target population.

2. Reduce the rate of obesity through nutrition and physical activity interventions by 5% in the implementation area.

3. Reduce the death and disability due to heart disease and stroke by 5% in the implementation area.

What is the difference between a rural and metropolitan classification?

For the purposes of the Community Transformation Grant:

A metropolitan county is any county with an urban core (50,000 or more people) or counties without an urban core near metropolitan counties where 25% of the workforce commutes to a core county.

A rural county is any county not defined as metropolitan.

Does the grant pay for direct services to people?

No. Direct delivery of services is not allowed.

How were applicants selected nationwide for funding?

Each applicant was ranked by a score in the following areas by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

1. Locations to be served.

2. Types of strategies and result measures.

3. Communities of different sizes.

4. Including populations and areas with a high rate of chronic diseases.

How can I find out what my community is doing?

Follow the link to this web map to see if your county is funded under the Community Transformation Grant. If it is, contact the person listed for your county for more information!