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Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)

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About CPPW

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, $650 million was dedicated to chronic disease prevention efforts administered through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). "Communities Putting Prevention to Work" (CPPW) is a $373 million community capacity-building program for instituting population-based policy, systems, and environmental change in communities and schools to (1) decrease overweight/obesity prevalence; increase levels of physical activity; improve nutrition; and/or (2) decrease tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ CPPW initiative aims to improve the health of the American public by reducing chronic disease, which is the leading cause of premature death and disability in the United States. Grantees who receive funding will tackle important health issues related to chronic disease ---poor nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and exposure to tobacco smoke.

We hope that you find this page useful in uniting efforts to make Nashville the healthiest city for all whom live, work, learn, worship and play.

What CPPW Means to Nashville

Nashville was one of only 44 communities nationwide to receive one of these highly competitive awards. The Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) will receive 7.5 million dollars over the next two years to implement a multifaceted campaign to facilitate healthy eating and active living for everyone in Nashville.

CPPW funding will create approximately 40 full time and 40 part-time jobs throughout the Nashville community. Positions vary greatly and include consultant, professional, supervisory, frontline, outreach, student, part-time as well as temporary summer positions.

MPHD, Mayor Dean’s Healthy Nashville Leadership Council, and many community partners developed a Community Action Plan that includes three overarching elements:

  1. Establishment of an organizational structure for this community wide effort that is strategic, collaborative, integrated, and sustainable
  2. Attainment of an integrated, accessible web-based portal for community-wide, data driven decision-making;
  3. Implementation of high-leverage, community-wide, multi-level strategies designed to effect policy, systems and environmental change within government, schools, work sites, communities and places of worship.

The grant supports proven strategies that will have a lasting impact beyond the two years of funding.

Some of the specific campaign elements are listed here:

  • Share the Road: a campaign to promote safe use of roads by bicyclists and motorists
  • Gold Sneaker: a best-practice program that will integrate physical activity and healthy eating into Head Start classrooms and build lifelong skills for healthy living
  • Green Bikes: a community bike sharing program like those seen in many other cities to encourage alternative means of transportation and physical activity
  • Community/Intergenerational Urban Gardens: gardening that allows older generations to teach the younger generation how to grow healthy foods
  • Healthy Corner Markets: an initiative to make it possible for corner stores in “food desert” neighborhoods to carry fresh and healthy food items
  • A media campaign that will help tie the elements of the project together and promote sustained improvements in healthy eating and active living

In some neighborhoods, safety concerns may be a deterrent to physical activity. The CPPW project will address dogs running at large, general safety in parks, greenways, and targeted neighborhoods, and panhandling. Additionally, small demonstration grants will be made available to local neighborhood organizations.

CPPW offers an unprecedented opportunity to build upon Nashville’s foundation of forward-thinking leadership, strong community collaboration, and passion for a healthy, livable city.

MAPPS Strategies

Metro Public Health Department's MAPPS Strategies for CPPW: Media, Access, Point of Purchase/Promotion, Price, Social Support & Services. MAPPS are designed to effect change across the city by focusing on: schools, work sites, places of worship, neighborhoods.

Thank you to Community Partners and Staff

Metro Public Health Department would like to thank community partners and department staff for their work on its successful application to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC's) Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) funding opportunity. We would not have been able to submit a strong application without the collaboration of many organizations and individuals committed to improving the health of those who live, learn, work, play and worship in Nashville. We will surely succeed by working together in collaboration and partnership.


  • Metro Public Health Department celebrates Labor Day with new staff focused on obesity prevention campaign - August 31, 2010.
  • Community Kick-Off - Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Press conference at Nashville Farmer's Market to announce $7.5 million in Public Health Stimulus Funds.
  • Dignitary visit of U.S. Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary - Friday, April 9, 2010 Glencliff High School.

Questions and staying in touch

If you have questions or comments, we encourage you to contact us at We look forward to continuing to work with you to create a healthier Nashville.


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