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$10.8 Million Federal Grant Keeps Arizona Family And Child Health Program Going

At-risk families will continue to have in-home resources provided through the Arizona Department of Health Services because a federal grant will keep the programs going.

The national Health Resources and Services Administration announced $10.8 million in funding for a program that follows families through pregnancy to kindergarten.

ADHS portions out the funds through county and Native American programs, plus others, to help new parents as they care for children.

That can include counseling, clothing assistance and transportation.

Arizona's Children's Health Office Chief Laura Bellucci said the program helps give local children a better chance in life.

"It's important for us to have that in Arizona so families can have that individualized attention and care and the children are successful in their growth and development," Bellucci said.

More than 2,000 families were served this year under the same grant.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.