Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 20th Anniversary

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.

CDC supports strategies to prevent chronic disease and to reduce health gaps among racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Learn more about current and previous REACH programs.

Stories from the Field

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