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Grant accepted for prevention and management of chronic disease

Thanks to $850,000 in new grant funding, Johnson County residents will benefit from an increased emphasis on cardiovascular disease prevention and management. Today, the Board of County Commissioners voted to accept grant funding from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in the amount of $170,000 annually for a period of five years.

KDHE receives funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its work to better link the public health system with healthcare providers via electronic records systems. These connections help systems collaborate to more efficiently diagnose and treat total blood cholesterol, hypertension and prediabetes resulting in improved clinical outcomes.

“Preventing and controlling these conditions is important because they cause heart attacks, narrowing of the arteries and strokes, which are three of the top five leading causes of death in Johnson County,” said Lougene Marsh, director of the Department of Health and Environment.

The funding accepted by the BOCC today will allow for more targeted prevention and intervention processes and for increased partnerships and linkages to address and prevent chronic disease.