MADERA, MERCED RECEIVE HEALTH GRANTS
The California Department of Public Health awarded the counties of Madera and Merced each $230,000 to improve nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding and clinical services.
The grants will address chronic diseases the Latino community faces, such as high rates of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and obesity, the public health department said. The percentage of Latinos diagnosed with diabetes in the central San Joaquin Valley is higher than across California. About 83% of Latino adults in Madera are considered overweight or obese, according to the health department.
The local health departments will work with health centers, hospitals, First 5, Women, Infants and Children and local organizations to improve health disparities.