Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 20th Anniversary
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, one of the only CDC programs that focuses on reducing chronic disease for specific racial and ethnic groups in urban, rural, and tribal communities with high disease burden. The 20th anniversary celebrates the REACH program’s legacy and ongoing impact.
Since 1999, REACH has been at the forefront of CDC’s efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities in health, partnering with the most affected communities to prevent chronic disease and improve health. REACH has worked with more than 180 communities to create environments that make healthy choices easier.
REACH communities have demonstrated that locally-based and culturally-tailored solutions can be effective in addressing gaps in health by race and ethnicity. These communities have seen decreases in smoking, reductions in obesity, increases in fruit and vegetable consumption, and improvements in healthy behaviors.
Stories from the Field
In 2015, a farmers’ market on wheels provided residents of southeast Albuquerque, NM, with fresh, affordable produce and nutrition education.
The Coeur d’Alene tribe in Plummer, Idaho, launched the Pow Wow Sweat program with a series of aerobic videos featuring traditional dances.
- Health Equity Toolkit
- Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity
- Promoting Health Equity—A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health
- The Power to Reduce Health Disparities: Voices from REACH Communities pdf icon[PDF-6.2 MB]
- REACHing Across the Divide: Finding Solutions to Health Disparities pdf icon[PDF-2.4MB]
- Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health (Heckler Report, 1985, 241 pages) pdf icon[PDF-35.4MB]external icon
Please use the following hashtags in your own social media:
- #REACH20 – describe the REACH program and its history
- #MyREACH20 – share success stories from former and current REACH recipients and partners
- #REACHHero – highlight a coalition member or community member that is committed to addressing health equity
- #REACH4HealthEquity – build understanding on how REACH addresses health equity