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New REACH Demonstration Projects

Awardees of the REACH Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Projects will apply strategies to prevent obesity and hypertension, two of the leading risk factors for chronic diseases. A priority of this 3-year project is to increase the evidence around programs that are effective in racial and ethnic communities, which bear the greatest burden. Approximately $12.3M will fund the REACH Demonstration Projects.

Examples of awardee activities include:

  • Conducting assessments of current initiatives in communities
  • Identifying and designing successful long-term programs and initiatives to reduce health disparities
  • Working with communities to identify ways to improve and prevent obesity and high blood pressure

 

New REACH Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Project Awardees
 

Awardee
Boston Public Health Commission
Community Health Councils, Inc.

 

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)

Demonstration Project Awardees

Summary of Proposed Project Activities

 

Awardee Name: Community Health Councils, Inc. (CHC)
Funding Amount: $7,693,912
Intervention Population: Approximately 449,000 African-American and Hispanic/Latino residents in the West Adams Baldwin Hills and South Los Angeles area
Sectors: Community, Non-Public Health
Summary of Project:  Community Health Councils (CHC) will work with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), University of Southern California researchers, and the African Americans Building a Legacy of Health Consortium to develop and implement  replicable and scalable policy, systems and environmental improvements to reduce disparities in obesity rates and hypertension for African-American and Hispanic/Latino residents in the West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert and South Los Angeles Community Plan Areas.  The project will build upon and expand intervention strategies researched and developed by CHC and community organizations and institutions with a history of serving the project area.

Awardee Name: Boston Public Health Commission
Funding Amount: $4,606,088
Intervention Population: Approximately 210,000 African-American and Hispanic/Latino residents living in the city of Boston
Sectors: Government, Public Health
Summary of Project: The proposed Boston REACH Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration will be implemented citywide in Boston and will include a place-based focus on five neighborhoods with the largest populations of Black and Latino residents, including children and adults.  The project’s core partners are the Boston Public Health Commission, the YMCA of Greater Boston, the Harvard Prevention Research Center and Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Boston REACH Coalition, a resident-driven coalition which has executed programs to address health disparities in cancer and chronic diseases. 

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