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Grants crucial to Health Department operations

Although it happens every year, the Barton County Commission’s annual approval of grant applications for the Health Department is critical, Health Director Lily Akings told the commission Monday morning.
“This makes up a good percentage of our budget,” she said. The money, which totals $219,000, comes from federal and state sources, or a combination of both.
The Commission OKed applications for the following grants:
• State formula,  $18,912
• Child care licensing,  $35,288
• Chronic disease risk reduction (smoking, weight reduction/exercise),  $50,602
• Family planning,  $51,192
• Maternal and child health,  $57,889
• Immunization action plan,  $5,117 ...

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