Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Renewal of Federal Block Grant Sought: Comment Period now Open

WHO/WHAT:  The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is asking for public comment on the renewal of its federal Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant for federal fiscal year 2012, during a public hearing. 
WHEN:  Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: State Capitol Building, Room 130, Multipurpose Room 250 N. State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 

WHY:    The Department is seeking public input on how $681,316 in grant funds, could be spent in Utah to meet select federal Healthy People 2020 public health objectives. 
Currently, the block grant funds are used by the state and local health departments for preventive health services, including obesity prevention and injury prevention. A federally-mandated set-aside in the block grant funds rape crisis and prevention services.  Due to a nearly $300,000 reduction in grant funds in federal fiscal year 12, support for community assessment and environmental health efforts was reduced.
Copies of the draft grant proposal summary will be available at the Utah Department of Health. A draft of the 2012 proposal summary is also available online at http://health.utah.gov/phhsbg. 

Direct written questions or comments to:
Heather Borski
Utah Department of Health, Division of Disease Control and Prevention
PO Box 142107
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2107
e-mail: hborski@utah.gov    phone: 801-538-9998

The final date for public comment is February 13, 2012.

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