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Nemours Receives Federal Grant to Address Barriers to Improved Health

1.8M Award Complements Delaware Health Improvement Plan

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014


Nemours Health & Prevention Services will receive $1,821,933 over three years to promote healthy eating and physical activity in targeted communities in the city of Wilmington and contiguous communities in New Castle County. The award is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Partnership to Improve Community Health (PICH) initiative to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending. As one of the small city and county awards the New Castle County Partnership to Improve Community Health (NCC-PICH) aligns with and complements Delaware’s State Health Improvement Plan; will help to build on existing community initiatives; and will enhance collaboration and coordination among partners.

Key Facts
  • The award amount is $607,311 per year, for 3 years. In total, HHS awarded $50.3 million in new grant awards to 39 local health agencies.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will administer the grants, which will run for 3 years, subject to availability of funds.
  •  PICH is the newest generation in CDC’s long history of community efforts to create and strengthen healthy environments that make it easier for people to make healthy choices and take charge of their health. 
  • As part of NCC-PICH, three overarching and three intensive community-level strategies will be employed to address barriers that are preventing residents from living healthier lives, including:
    • a tactical and integrated social marketing campaign (overarching);
    • a worksite wellness campaign in conjunction with chambers of commerce and business associations (overarching);
    • the development of strategies to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity promotion into the comprehensive land use plans for New Castle County and the City of Wilmington (overarching);
    • introducing or expanding farmer’s markets (community);
    • implementing the Healthy Corner Stores initiative (community);
    • revitalizing public spaces to improve safety and increase their use for physical activity (community).
  • The primary coalition partner for NCC-PICH is the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating & Active Living (DE HEAL) who will work closely with community coalitions to implement community-driven strategies to reduce or eliminate barriers to healthier lifestyles. 
  • The community coalition partners include: Cornerstone West Development Corporation (Westside Grows Together), the South Wilmington Planning Network, Eastside Rising, New Castle County Department of Community Services and the Food Trust.


“We are proud to be building on the commendable work that community coalitions are doing to improve access to healthy foods and provide safe venues for active living.  New Castle County Partnership to Improve Community Health (NCC-PICH) is another wonderful example of Delaware organizations and citizens coming together to address common challenges.”

Mary Kate Mouser, Executive Director, Nemours Health & Prevention Services

“I’ve always believed that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is an important federal investment in the well-being of families in and around Wilmington that can help prevent health issues before they happen. I will continue working to support grants like this one that provide funding for preventive health measures in underserved communities."

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D)

“The cooperation between the New Castle County Department of Community Services, Nemours and the groups in Wilmington was an excellent example of the private and public sectors working in tandem for the greater good. We work hard to provide several activities that help all County residents stay fit during each season, and we also encourage healthy eating through the Farmers Markets at Rockwood, Carousel, and Glasgow parks, among other things. I commend Nemours for leading the effort to obtain this grant for our citizens.”

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon (D)

“I would like to congratulate Nemours for being awarded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Partnership to Improve Community Health initiative grant.This grant will support the City of Wilmington and the State of Delaware’s efforts to promote healthy living and physical fitness, while improving public health by reducing chronic diseases and the presence of health disparities within our communities.”

Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams (D)

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.