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May 6, 2008

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047,


DHHS: Grants to Promote Maternal and Child Health Available

Applications due by July 1


Lincoln—Funding is available to communities for projects that promote the health of women, children, and families, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

DHHS is seeking proposals that promote healthy weights for women and children or that decrease the chances that babies are born too soon or too small.

"Promoting healthy births and a healthy first year of life is important to a healthy childhood and proper development," said Jackie Miller, Chief Administrator of the Community Health Section. "Steps toward a healthy future begin even before pregnancy and continue through each stage of life."

A total of $1 million is available to communities, awarded annually for a three-year period beginning October 1. These funds are a portion of a federal block grant to Nebraska from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The DHHS request for applications for maternal and child health projects is available at The grant purpose, the types of entities eligible to apply, and the instructions and format required to submit an application are provided on the DHHS Web site. Applications are due by July 1.

There will be a statewide videoconference on Monday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon CT, for prospective applicants to hear a presentation on the request for applications, during which potential applicants can ask questions. Videoconference sites include Ainsworth, Chadron, Columbus, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha, Scottsbluff, and Wayne.

To receive a hard copy of the request for applications, contact the DHHS Division of Public Health’s Lifespan Health Services, (402) 471-2907, (800) 801-1122 toll free, or

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