The CDC signThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday a second round of funding to the American Heart Association and other national organizations for its Partnerships to Improve Community Health program.

The initiative works to reduce the number of people with chronic diseases and helps underserved groups, including: children; those receiving federal assistance; migrant farm workers; and college students. Based on their needs, communities can focus on improving access to healthy foods and beverages, increasing physical activity and promoting smoke-free environments.

The AHA, which has received a total of $6 million through PICH, will serve these 15 communities:

  1. Central Falls and Pawtucket, Rhode Island – nutrition and physical activity
  2. New Haven, Connecticut – nutrition
  3. Chester, Pennsylvania – nutrition
  4. City of Huntington (Cabell, Putnam, Mason, Lincoln and Mingo Counties), West Virginia – nutrition and physical activity
  5. Atlanta, Georgia – smoke-free environments
  6. Desoto County, Mississippi – nutrition
  7. Arlington County, City and County of Fairfax, Virginia; Montgomery County, Maryland – nutrition
  8. Chesapeake, Newport News and Suffolk City, Virginia – nutrition
  9. Fargo, West Fargo and Cass County, North Dakota – nutrition and physical activity
  10. Burnett, Polk, Barron, Washburn, Chippewa and Eau Claire Counties, Wisconsin – physical activity
  11. Austin, Texas – nutrition
  12. North Texas (Arlington, Garland, Grand Prairie and Mesquite), Texas – nutrition and smoke-free environments
  13. Oklahoma County, Oklahoma – nutrition
  14. Douglas County, Nevada – smoke-free environments
  15. Salem, Oregon – physical activity

“The American Heart Association looks forward to working closely with our partners from all 15 communities in the second cohort of the ANCHOR Initiative,” said AHA Chief Executive Nancy Brown.

“Also, we’d like to thank and congratulate our Cohort 1 partners, who have been making outstanding progress in their communities through their innovative strategies in these same three critical health areas,” Brown said.

Other groups receiving round two funding are: The American Planning Association; the National WIC Association, the non-profit arm of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children; the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education; and the Society for Public Health Education.


In March, the CDC announced it was awarding $9 million to help communities promote good health and reduce health disparities. At that time, the AHA identified an initial group of 15 communities that it would serve.