On September 25, 2014, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln was awarded a $2 million, 3 year competitive CDC grant to help improve the health of Lincoln and Lancaster county residents.
Along with funding from the Community Health Endowment, CHI Health St. Elizabeth, and the Lancaster County Medical Society, the grant helped support coordinated health improvement projects with 13 other community organizations including the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department, Lancaster County Medical Society, Lincoln Community Learning Centers, MilkWorks, Community Action Partnership, Teach a Kid to Fish, Malone Community Center, El Centro de las Americas, Community CROPS, Salvation Army, WorkWell, Lincoln Parks and Recreation, and 10 Health TV.
Funding for the Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln received one of 39 grants awarded nationally. Criteria for receiving the grant included having an existing multi-sector coalition representing both the public and private sector including schools, businesses, healthcare, community organizations, and faith-based organizations.
The projects achieved measurable improvements in nutrition, physical fitness, and reducing the prevalence of obesity-related chronic disease in Lincoln and Lancaster County.