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Kittitas County Health Dept. receives grant

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.-- The Kittitas County Public Health Department is getting some help in the form of a grant.

They were 1 of only 12 departments chosen from around the U.S. for funding. 

They will get $35,000 to help complete their community health improvement program.

It's needed, in part, to make the department capable of applying for accreditation, which would help show that they meets standards set by the state.

The department's Promotion Manager Robin Read says the community health program will bring together regular people and public health officials to work together to figure out some other factors that affect our health.

"A few of the things that we're really excited about are this inclusion of social and economic factors," Read said. "Things like safe and affordable housing, income, education levels."

Read says that all of those factors influence health so it's important for them to understand them and determine how to better serve and treat the people who depend of them.

The Health Department has until December 2012 to use the money and hope to apply for accreditation in a few years.