What is Transforming Texas
A five-year, federally funded initiative supporting communities, workplaces, schools and health care providers as they work together to reduce chronic disease, lower the cost of care and promote a lifetime of health for every Texan through the power of prevention.
Its purpose: to create healthier communities by:
- Building capacity to implement evidence- and other practice-based policy, environmental, programmatic, and infrastructure changes aligning with Healthy People 2020 focus areas
- Supporting implementation of interventions to prevent heart attacks, strokes, cancer and other leading causes of death or disability
This grant is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) Community Transformation Grant (CTG)
Where it’s happening
This grant focuses on funding communities of less than 500,000 population, especially rural, border, and frontier communities
Funding is being distributed to 30 counties to implement transformation plans. To see a map of the counties and a list of community awardees, click here.
While we are funding these specific communities, we are also working to bring the basic principles of the grant to all of Texas.
Who is implementing Transforming Texas?
The Transforming Texas Core Team works within the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section of the Texas Department of State Health Services. For more information about this section and its many programs, click here
What does Transforming Texas hope to do?
Over the next five years, Transforming Texas seeks to:
- Reduce death and disability due to tobacco use by 5%
- Reduce the rate of obesity through nutrition and physical activity interventions by 5%
- Reduce death and disability due to heart disease and stroke by 5%
Within funded communities, Transforming Texas hopes to implement broad evidence and practice-based policy, environmental, programmatic and infrastructure change interventions in three Strategic Directions:
- Tobacco-free living with a focus on second hand smoke
- Healthy eating and active living
- Utilization of high impact evidence-based clinical and other preventive services with a focus on high blood pressure and high cholesterol
What are some examples of Transforming Texas initiatives?
Examples of community interventions include:
- “Safe Routes to School” Initiatives including the development of sidewalks, shared use paths and bicycle infrastructure to ensure that children can walk and bicycle safely to school
- Create comprehensive tobacco free worksites
- Establish accessible Farmer’s Markets or farm stand programs in underserved areas
- Establish community garden initiatives
- Increase utilization of Community Health Workers to extend access to care for patients with chronic diseases.
Want to learn more?
For more information about Transforming Texas, contact us