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Community Transformation Grant

In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) awarded $103 million to 61 state and local government agencies, tribes and territories, and nonprofit organizations in 36 states, along with nearly $4 million to 6 national networks of community-based organizations as part of the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program.

The CTG program provides support for communities to design and implement local programs that prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

In 2012, CTG was expanded to support areas with fewer than 500,000 people in neighborhoods, school districts, villages, towns, cities, and counties to increase opportunities to prevent chronic diseases and promote health. Through this expansion, nationally the CTG program is expected to improve the health of more than 4 out of 10 U.S. citizens—about 130 million Americans.

Locally, the Clark County School District (CCSD) working in partnership with the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) was awarded a CTG grant of approximately $2.4 million in September 2012.

CCSD and SNHD will work together to implement and coordinate in-school and out of school programs and initiatives that will work synergistically to maximize resources and increase access to and education and promotion of healthy foods, physical activity and tobacco-use prevention and cessation for CCSD students and staff.

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Local Efforts

Over the course of the two year grant, CCSD and SNHD along with many community partners will work together to conduct activities that contribute to the overall goals of the CTG program and help achieve positive changes in four outcome measures:

  • Weight
  • Proper nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Tobacco use

Project Goals

Based on local needs and opportunities for improvement, two local goals for the CTG project have been established:

  • Increase physical activity, nutrition and tobacco-use prevention efforts to improve outcome measures as established by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 among CCSD students and staff.
  • Coordinate school health policies, programs and practices to create a healthy school and connected community environment that minimizes chronic disease.

For more information contact:

Mary Pike, Clark County School District or (702) 799-2348

Deb Williams, Southern Nevada Health District or (702) 759-1263


Leadership Team

Dr. Joseph Iser M.D., Dr.PH, M.Sc. Chief Health Officer
Southern Nevada Health District
CTG Community Health Connections and Tobacco Lead
Jhone Ebert
Chief Innovation & Productivity Officer
Clark County School District
CTG Leadership Team Chairperson
Pamela S. Gallion
Institutional Research Analyst
CTG Program Development and Evaluation Lead
Terri Janison
Senior Director of Community Development
United Way of Southern Nevada
CTG Student Services and Opportunities Lead
Mary Pike
Director of K–12 Science, Health P.E., Foreign Language, and Driver Education
Clark County School District
CTG Project Director and Leadership Team Liaison
Tina Quigley
General Manager
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
CTG Transport Pathways Lead
Victor Arredondo
Heart and Stroke Initiatives Director
American Heart Association
CTG Heart Wellness Lead
Wendy Ronovech
Associate Director for Health Education and Wellness
CTG Health Insurance and Adult Health Lead
Kim Wooden
Deputy Superintendent
Clark County School District
CTG Student Wellness Lead
Valerie Wiener
Former Nevada State Senator
CTG Children Health Advocate Lead
Dr. Cassius Lockett, PhD, M.S. Director of Community Health Southern Neavda Health District
CTG Staff Wellness Lead


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