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New Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Program

The REACH program focuses on changes in weight, proper nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use, and emotional well-being and overall mental health. Additionally, awardees are addressing disparities in heart disease, diabetes, infant mortality, and asthma. New awardees will distribute at least 75% of funds to support at least 90 community-based organizations, annually, across the country to apply evidence- and practice-based initiatives that reduce health disparities for those experiencing high burden of chronic disease and its risk factors. Approximately $21.9 million will fund the REACH program.

Examples of awardee activities include:

  • Funding up to 15 local partners or community-based organizations to reduce health disparities in racial and ethnic communities
  • Documenting community changes and evaluating intervention programs
  • Widely disseminating proven and innovative programs and successes to expand the evidence base

New REACH Awardees

  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
  • Hidalgo Medical Services
  • National Council of Young Men's Christian Association (Y-USA)
  • National REACH Coalition
  • Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Colorado Denver

New Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program Awardees

Summary of Proposed Project Activities

Awardee Name: Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Funding Amount: $4,000,000
Sectors: Community, Public Health
Summary of Project: APIAHF is a national, community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the more than 18.5 million Asian Americans (AA) and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) living in the U.S. and its jurisdictions. APIAHF’s project, The Strategies to Reach and Implement the Vision of Health Equity (STRIVE), aims to eliminate chronic disease disparities and improve the health of AA and NHPIs across the U.S. STRIVE will support 15-30 partners in up to 25 states and two Pacific jurisdictions to implement evidence- and practice-based programs that improve physical activity levels and nutrition.

Awardee Name: Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS)
Funding Amount: $2,963,412
Sectors: Healthcare, Non-Public Health
Summary of Project: To help reduce chronic disease disparities among Hispanics/Latinos, HMS will work with a consortium of partners including the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (UA); Health Science Center at Houston on behalf of the School of Public Health El Paso Regional Campus (UTHealth) of the University of Texas; Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA); and 57 affiliates. The Consortium will fund 15 community-based organizations to conduct various dissemination activities and use community health workers (commonly known as Promotores in Hispanic communities) to reach the audience on issues like physical activity, proper nutrition, and weight.

Awardee Name: National Council of Young Men’s Christian Association (Y-USA)
Funding Amount: $4,000,000
Sectors: Community, Non-Public Health
Summary of Project: The Y-USA’s Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health project will fund 15 local YMCAs to expand proven initiatives in communities disproportionately impacted by chronic disease and health disparities. Each YMCA will implement two of eight strategies targeting changes in weight, proper nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use, and emotional well-being and overall mental health, with the goal of reducing three chronic diseases: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and asthma. Y-USA’s nationwide network of 2,700 YMCAs located in 50 states, the District of Columbia and all territories provides the expertise and technical ability to support effective programs addressing heart disease, diabetes, and asthma in African American and Latino communities.

Awardee Name: National REACH Coalition (NRC)
Funding Amount: $4,000,000
Sectors: Community, Public Health
Summary of Project: The NRC is a non-profit comprised of a network of community-based organizations. For this project, NRC will serve as the administrative lead for the REACH Across the Nation Consortium (RANC), located in 15 local communities across 13 states. Partners will individually and collectively implement programs to reduce or eliminate chronic disease through proper nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco use. Collectively, the consortium will serve over 4 million individuals from African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, and Pacific Islander communities.

Awardee Name: Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Funding Amount: $4,000,000
Sectors: Education, Non-Public Health
Summary of Project: UCLA’s work has spanned content areas from obesity prevention to tobacco control to cancer screening and early detection, engaging diverse ethnic groups across a variety of settings. Their health promotion efforts have gained considerable local, regional, and national recognition for more than 20 years. Their new initiative, the Healthy-By-Default REACH project, will build upon their successes among minority groups in the Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest regions of the U.S. Over the course of the project, UCLA will work closely with national partners to promote and apply programs in schools, youth groups, religious institutions, public health, and health care agencies, small businesses, and professional sports teams. These programs will integrate easy and enjoyable physical activity into daily life and ensure access to nutritious food in public places among the African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian communities, so that healthy habits become second-nature.

Awardee Name: University of Colorado Denver
Funding Amount: $ 3,000,000
Summary of Project: The Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) within the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) house seven national programs focused on understanding and eliminating health disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. CAIANH will build upon existing work to continue reducing chronic diseases in the AIAN communities, specifically targeting diabetes and heart disease. CAIANH will support at least 10 Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHO) across multiple states to design programs to address risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, specifically proper nutrition, physical activity and weight.

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