National Association of County and City Health Officials awards $450k to DeKalb Health Board

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Washington, DC — The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the voice of the country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments, announced seven sites awarded funding and technical assistance as part of its Comprehensive Community Approaches to Preventing Substance Use (CCAPS) program, a press release said.

The DeKalb County Board of Health will receive $450,000, according to the press release.

The awards, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be used to decrease substance use, substance use disorders and overdose while simultaneously preventing adverse childhood events in children and youth.

The CCAPS program supports the implementation or expansion of programs that prevent substance use disorders or overdose that also have the potential to simultaneously prevent adverse childhood events within the selected communities and populations of focus.

Adverse childhood experiences as defined by the CDC are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). They include experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect; witnessing violence in the home or community; or having a family member attempt or die by suicide. It may also refer to aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding, such as growing up in a household with substance use problems; mental health problems; or instability due to parental separation or household members being in jail or prison.

Grant awardees will use a multi-generational approach to address these issues with a focus on groups that have been marginalized or disproportionately affected populations. The awarded sites are:

– Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS); Dearborn, MI ($431,708)

– DeKalb County Board of Health; Dekalb County, GA ($450,000)

– Gaudenzia, Inc.; Lancaster, PA ($129,393)

– Lorain County Public Health; Lorain County, OH ($450,000)

– Oklahoma State Department of Health; Oklahoma City, OK ($450,000)

– South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; Columbia, SC ($450,000)

– Taos Alive; Taos County, NM ($227,088)

– Utah State University; Tooele County, UT ($448,156)

DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH, DEKALB COUNTY, GA — ($450,000). DeKalb County Board of Health’s Project SAFE aims to provide families affected by substance use disorders and adverse childhood experiences in DeKalb County with a safe, judgement-free environment in order to confer and implement evidence-based interventions. Such a multi-generational approach will address the significant health disparities in these communities, decrease substance use and overdoses, while simultaneously preventing adverse childhood experiences in children and youth. This funding will be critical to the program and build upon the DeKalb County Board of Health’s federally funded Overdose 2 Action (OD2A) program that addresses substance use disorder in adults.

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