The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has received an award of $400,000 from the federal government to make “fundamental changes” in health departments around the state.

The grant comes from the Affordable Care Act and is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to create an effective public health system and invest in preventive services, system improvement and policy level interventions.

In Colorado, the grant will be used to increase program operations and coordinate services statewide. Health departments will also be required to apply for accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board, a national program which launched this year.

The money will provide support to local health departments to assist in their planning efforts and to work with specialists at the state level. The money also supports a performance improvement manager and LEAN quality director, as well a chief medical officer at the department.