REACH Programs Strive to Decrease Health Disparities

On February 8, 2023, CDC announced new funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. Funding is for a five-year period, pending the continued availability of funding.

Recipients will plan and carry out local, culturally appropriate programs. Activities will be designed to improve health among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk of chronic diseases. Applicants must propose activities to:

• Improve nutrition by promoting nutrition standards and using fruit and vegetable incentive and produce prescription programs.

• Increase physical activity through community design.

• Work in one of these areas: continuity of care for breastfeeding; nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding in early care and education; family healthy weight programs; or commercial tobacco prevention and control.

Applicants may opt to include a strategy related to flu, COVID-19, and other routinely recommended adult vaccines.

CDC seeks to remove barriers to health linked to race or ethnicity, education, income, location, or other social factors. Since 1999, REACH has worked with more than 180 communities to create environments that make healthy choices easier. REACH recipients work specifically among African American, Black, Hispanic, Latino, Asian American, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, American Indian, and Alaska Native populations.

Submitted by Somers, NY

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