America Walks Awarded Funding from Centers for Disease Control

America Walks is honored to receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under cooperative agreement CDC-OT18-1802, Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health. CDC’s proposed Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) recently awarded 39 national nonprofit recipients to serve as capacity-building assistance providers, working toward sustaining and improving the performance of the public health system.

America Walks will provide capacity-building assistance to increase opportunities to walk and expand partnerships beyond traditional public health allies. The five-year funding will support the organization’s Walking College and its well-known online training series. In addition, America Walks will expand its training capacity and find ways to engage with state and local networks to improve communications, develop new resources, and strengthen the overall national walking movement.

“At America Walks, we see firsthand the critical role state and local individuals, organizations, and agencies play in creating walkable communities,” said America Walks Executive Director Kate Kraft. “We are excited to work with CDC to grow efforts across the United States to make sure all community members have safe, accessible, equitable, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active.”

CDC is excited to begin this new partnership with America Walks,” says Samuel Taveras, acting director, Division of Program and Partnership Services, CSTLTS. “America Walks helps all of us fulfill our goal of advancing the public health system’s capacity to deliver essential services.”

America Walks will announce more information on the work supported by cooperative agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802 later this year.