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October 10, 2000
Contact: Kathy Harben
CDC, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention
& Health Promotion
(770) 488–5131

Press Release

CDC awards funds to communities for projects to help eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $19 million to community coalitions in 15 states to help address racial and ethnic disparities in health in the United States. In addition, the National Institutes of Health contributed $5 million dollars, for a total of $24 million, and has pledged to sustain that level of support for 4 additional years.

"The CDC is committed to eliminating the disparities in health status experienced by racial and ethnic minority populations by the year 2010, while continuing the progress made in improving the overall health of the American people," said CDC Director Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan.

"We are pleased to continue to support community-based programs that are effective in reaching and serving these affected populations."

This is the second year that CDC has awarded the funds as part of its initiative, "Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH 2010)." REACH 2010 is a demonstration project that targets six health priority areas: infant mortality, improving breast and cervical cancer screening and management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, improving child and/or adult immunization levels, and HIV/AIDS.

A total of 24 community coalitions will receive funding this year to implement the plans they’ve developed to reduce disparities in a geographically defined minority population. The populations include African American, American Indian, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander. The list of grantees is attached.


Access Community Health Network IL Breast & Cervical Cancer AfA, HA
Boston Public Health Commission MA Breast & Cervical Cancer AfA
Carolinas Health Care System NC Cardiovascular Disease/Diabetes AfA
Ctr for Community Health Education MA HIV/AIDS AfA
Chicago Dept. of Health IL Diabetes, CVD AfA, HA
Community Health Councils of LA CA Cardiovascular Disease/Diabetes AfA
Community Health & Social Svcs. MI Diabetes AfA, HA
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians NC Diabetes AI
Florida International University FL HIV/AIDS AfA, HA
Fulton Co. Dept. of Health & Wellness GA Cardiovascular Disease AfA
Genessee County Health Dept. MI Infant Mortality AfA
Greater Lawrence Family Health MA Diabetes/CVD HA
Harbor-UCLA Research & Education Institute CA Immunization AfA, HA
Institute for Urban Family Health NY Diabetes, CVD AfA, HA
Lowell Community Health Center MA Cardiovascular Disease AsA
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health TN Cardiovascular Disease/Diabetes AfA
Medical University of SC SC Diabetes AfA
Migrant Health Promotion TX Diabetes HA
National Black Women’s Health Project LA Cardiovascular Disease AfA
Oklahoma State Dept. of Health OK Diabetes/CVD AI
Seattle-King County Dept. of Public Health WA Diabetes AfA, HA, AsA, PI
Trustees of Columbia University NY Immunization AfA, HA
University of Alabama, Birmingham AL Breast & Cervical Cancer AfA
University of California, San Francisco CA Breast & Cervical Cancer AsA

AfA = African American
AI = American Indian
AsA = Asian American
HA = HispanicAmerican
PI = Pacific Islander

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