The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Rhode Island Department of Health is designated as the principal state agency for the allocation and administration of the grant within the state.
This grant gives states control of funding so they can tailor prevention and health promotion programs to the diverse, complex, and constantly changing public health needs of their individual communities.
The Department of Health works in partnership with the Prevention Block Grant Advisory Committee to set funding priorities. Current priorities include health disparities, health promotion, community interventions, and public health information.