REACH Lark Galloway-Gilliam Nomination for Advancing Health Equity

2020 REACH Lark Award


Racial and ethnic disparities in health are widespread across the United States. The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program demonstrates success in addressing these disparities and promoting health equity. Program partners work with many and various communities to carry out culturally tailored interventions.

The REACH Lark Award honors extraordinary individuals, organizations, or community coalitions associated with the REACH program. Award recipients advance the science and practice of improving health equity to eliminate health disparities at the national, state, or local levels. Applications for the 2020 Lark Award are being reviewed; check back for updates.

Award applicants describe how they assisted with and successfully carried out culturally tailored interventions that led to reduced health disparities. Conditions addressed may include hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or obesity and associated risk behaviors of physical inactivity, poor nutrition, or smoking.

This award highlights how diverse communities worked together to address health disparities and achieve one of the following:

  • Addressed preventable risk behaviors (tobacco use, poor nutrition and physical inactivity).
  • Linked community and clinical efforts to increase access to healthcare and preventive care programs at the community level.
  • Supported implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of practice- and evidence-based strategies related to tobacco, nutrition, physical activity, or community-clinical linkages.

Innovative Interventions

This award recognizes efforts made by individuals or teams that engaged communities to remove barriers to health linked to race or ethnicity, education, income, location, and other social determinants of health. To support the science and practice of improving health equity, this award can help further the goals of the REACH program by documenting and disseminating the innovative interventions that led to reduced health disparities achieved by those applying for this award.

About Lark Galloway-Gilliam

This award is in honor of Lark Galloway-Gilliam—the founding executive director of Community Health Councils, Inc. The council began in 1992 to support planning, resource development, and policy education in response to the growing health crisis in the South Los Angeles area. The Council’s work extends to other under-resourced and marginalized communities throughout Los Angeles County.

Lark led the Community Health Councils, Inc. to engage communities and strengthen the connections among organizations to improve health, eliminate disparities, and achieve health equity. Under Lark’s leadership, the council became an expert in health equity in Los Angeles, across California, and in the country. Lark also served in several leadership roles, including the first president of the National REACH Coalition, the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center Advisory Board, and the Institute for People, Place and Possibility Board of Directors for Community Commons.