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Some Racial Health Programs Expected To Lose Federal Funding

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Racial Health Programs

CDC on Monday is expected to announce recipients of federal funding through the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program, and 20 groups that previously received the grants are not expected to get them this year, the Oregonianreports. Rather than have only existing programs apply for the money,CDC this year opened the application process to new programs. About 23new programs and 17 existing programs are expected to receive the grantmoney, Lark Galloway-Gilliam, executive director of the Community Health Councils,said. Galloway-Gilliam said she understands why CDC might have chosento fund new programs rather than some existing ones but added thatCDC's choice to open up competition for the grants "caught people offguard."

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A CDC spokesperson said about 180 programs applied for the grants and underwent a "rigorous peer-review process."

As a result of the funding decision, African American Health Coalitionin Portland, Ore., which runs exercise and other programs aimed atimproving the health of blacks in the community, no longer will receivean $880,000 federal grant that made up half of its annual budget,according to the Oregonian. Corliss McKeever, presidentand CEO of the coalition, said that CDC notified the program that itsgrant was approved but "unfunded."

McKeever said, "The bottomline is that this program has saved lives and changed lives. Wedispelled the myth of us being a noncompliant population that won'tfollow health regimens." Many of the coalition's no-cost exerciseclasses end on Friday, and participants now will have to pay for theclasses that continue, the Oregonian reports (Barnett, Oregonian, 9/28).

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