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Building Healthy Communities Initiatives

Cook County Department of Public Health has two Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiatives.

BHC COVID Response, Recovery and Resiliency Initiative

In April 2022, Cook County Department of Public Health announced the availability of $8.4 million in Building Healthy Communities (BHC) COVID-19 Response, Recovery, and Resiliency Initiative grant funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, lessen the pandemic’s health, social, and economic impacts, and address COVID-19 health disparities.

On Nov. 6, 2022, Cook County officials announced 52 grant awards: 39 for suburban Cook County and 13 for the City of Chicago. To prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, lessen the pandemic’s health, social, and economic impacts, and address COVID-19 health disparities, the BHC initiative will: increase access to resources, programs, and services; support culturally- and linguistically-appropriate education and outreach; augment programs and services for mental health, positive youth development, and healthy food access; and improve worker health and safety through coalition building, outreach and education.

For more information about this initiative, program strategies, grant award recipients and funding by strategy, click here.

BHC Behavioral Health Initiative

On Oct. 26, 2022, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Health Chief Executive Officer Israel Rocha, and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) Chief Operating Officer Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck,  announced at a press conference that CCDPH will be awarding over $14 million in grant funding across four years to expand mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and support in suburban Cook County. Grants will range from $250,000 to over $1 million each, and are part of the Building Healthy Communities Behavioral Health Initiative, funded under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Applications are now being accepted thru Dec. 7, 2022, and awards will be announced in January, 2023.

For more information about this initiative, eligibility criteria, types of awards, key dates, information session recordings, capacity-building workshop dates and answers to frequently asked questions, click here or on the photo tile below.

Updated November 14, 2022, 8:35 PM