Communities Putting Prevention to Work

NRPA's Role 

NRPA was awarded a two-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the HHS Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative, a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  NRPA is one of 10 national non-profit organizations competitively selected to support public health efforts to reduce tobacco use and reduce obesity through increased physical activity and improved nutrition.  NRPA’s award will support activities over a 24-month period that will promote policies, systems and environmental change strategies to advance the nation’s efforts to prevent chronic diseases and related risk factors. 

NRPA will work in partnership with communities to provide expert guidance and implement strategies that positively impact policies, systems, and environments.  NRPA is tasked with providing technical assistance to communities on four levels: (1) providing support to all 50 CPPW-funded communities as they plan for and implement policy, systems, and environmental changes across evidence-based MAPPS strategies; (2) providing tools, training, and resources to 10 matched communities focusing on issues related to parks and recreation; (3) supporting and promoting a National Prevention Media Initiative; and (4) disseminating, promoting, and helping to sustain effective population-based approaches to obesity prevention through improved nutrition and increased physical activity through NRPA’s networks of park and recreation agencies, communities, and partners. 

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Marvin Gaye Park  Mom and Daughter Hike Together  Boy Girl Run in Park 

NRPA's Matched Communities

NRPA will provide technical assistance to help the following communities meet their goals:


For more information, contact Kellie May at