Grant to promote disease prevention

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — A $1.5 million grant will be used to promote disease prevention in eastern Kentucky.

The five-year project was announced Tuesday during a health forum in Hazard convened by U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers.

Funding for the grant is coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The project will set up a network of advocates who will help connect patients with needed health services.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the CDC's director, says the advocates can help Kentuckians get cancer screenings that can save lives.

Frieden says the goal is to help people live longer and healthier lives.

The announcement was made by the CDC, the ARC and the University of Kentucky.

Kentucky's Appalachian region is plagued by high rates of cancer and heart disease.

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