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Dept. of Public Health seeking input on block grant

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Public Health is seeking public input on the Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) block grant.

In 1981, Congress passed the PHHS block grant to enable states the independence and flexibility to tailor prevention and health promotion programs to their particular public health needs. The state of Georgia currently receives $2.3 million to "provide funding for better health outcomes in the areas of obesity, chronic disease prevention, health promotion and information services."

The grant has been proposed for elimination from the federal budget in 2012, but the Department of Public Health is preparing an application in case funding is restored by Congress during the appropriations process.

A 30-day public comment period ending Nov. 21 invites those interested to offer thoughts and suggestions.

Those interested can comment via email at nwstark@dhr.state.ga.us, via fax at 770-357-3301, or by mail. Written comments can be mailed to 2 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 10-272, Atlanta, Ga., 30303. Please include "Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, Attn: Natasha Stark" while addressing comments.