County group asked to apply for health funds

May 30, 1997


Staff Writer

A group formed to improve public health in Washington County is one of six in Maryland invited to compete as a partner with the state for national grant money.

The Coalition for a Healthier Washington County has been asked to apply for a "Turning Point" grant that would give the group $20,000 a year for three years.

Turning Point is supported by the W.K. Kellogg and The Robert Wood Johnson foundations. Funds are earmarked for planning innovative public health protection programs for the 21st century, through state and local partnerships.


Dr. Robert Parker of the Washington County Health Department, a member agency of the local coalition, said the coalition is made up of about 40 organizations and agencies concerned with improving all aspects of public health.

Members have met to discuss local health problems, and are now in the process of implementing some of their ideas, he said.

The coalition's priorities include:

  • Increasing the number of elderly who get pneumonia and flu shots.
  • Reducing the amount of domestic violence.
  • Reducing tobacco use by minors.
  • Getting local firms to develop healthy lifestyle incentive programs for employees.

Turning Point officials said 15 to 20 of the 46 states that initially applied will get two-year grants of up to $300,000. They said up to 60 local groups out of more than 500 that originally applied, or an average of three in each of the selected states, will get funds of up to $60,000 over a three-year period.

Grant awards will be announced in December.

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