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REACH Demonstration Project Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

REACH Demonstration Projects are funded to address obesity and hypertension prevention strategies, which are two of the leading risk factors for chronic diseases. Obesity and hypertension result in a high disease burden within racial and ethnic minority populations. Preventing or reducing disparities in these two areas can help to reduce disparities in heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and other chronic conditions. Evidence suggests improving nutrition and increasing physical activity to reduce obesity can have an added benefit of reducing blood pressure.

Recipients will address health disparities in racial and ethnic groups, including but not limited to: African American or Black, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian American, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

Recipients funded through this FOA will develop and implement strategies that reduce obesity and hypertension disparities in populations with the greatest burden. Evaluation and dissemination activities will be emphasized. All applicants will be required to demonstrate a strong partnership with at least one local community-based organization, at least one local public health department/tribal organization, and at least one university/academic institution.

CDC expects to make 2–4 competitive cooperative agreement awards under the REACH Demonstration Project FOA, with successful applicants announced in September 2012.

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