REACH is a national initiative vital to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health. Through REACH, CDC supports awardee partners that establish community-based programs and culturally-tailored interventions to eliminate health disparities among African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.

REACH Awardees

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Through REACH, the Joint Center provides technical assistance to its community partners (PLACE MATTERS teams) to increase their usage of internet-based tools for mapping, information sharing and building public support for strategies to improve community conditions.  PLACE MATTERS is a national initiative of the Joint Center designed to build the capacity of leaders in 19 communities to identify and address social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health. Specific objectives to be accomplished with this grant are to (1) increase PLACE MATTERS teams’ access to and use of internet-based tools for mapping, information sharing, and community engagement; (2) provide technical assistance to teams to collect and monitor data on community health status and social determinant of health; and (3) provide opportunities to share learning and exchange ideas with other CDC grantees working to address social determinants and health disparities. For more information click HERE.

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

The A PROMISE Partnership is comprised of: Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Hannahville Indian Community (MI), Red Star Innovations (AZ), and JCW Research & Evaluation Group, Inc. We are working with Tribal healthcare workers to certify and implement a brief tobacco intervention using the University of Arizona HealthCare Partnership’s Basic Tobacco Intervention Skills Certification for Native Communitiesprogram.  We have certified staff in 10 of the 12 Indian Health Service Areas and plan to reach the final 2 in our next fiscal year.  Other activities that we have completed include: a national technical assistance workshop with 85 Tribes represented, brought awareness to communities and schools about the dangers of using commercial tobacco, and developed our own implementation training of the basic skills intervention. For more information click HERE.

Black Women’s Health Imperative

Under the CDC-funded REACH US initiative, the Imperative is implementing SisterREACH US, which integrates culturally appropriate and gender-specific practices into community-driven strategies to address the breast and cervical cancer inequities that exist among Black women.  Through work with two community-based partner organizations – South Side Help Center in Chicago, and Center for Black Women’s Wellness in Atlanta— the Imperative identifies evidence-and practice-based approaches to the cultural, access and structural barriers that contribute to the existing disparities, and disseminates information and lessons learned to community stakeholders, providers and decision makers, while engaging them in efforts to bring about change locally. For more information click HERE.

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) 

The Mujer Sana, Familia Fuerte (MSFF), or Healthy Woman, Strong Family, project aims to prevent cervical cancer by increasing Pap test participation among low-income, primarily Spanish-speaking Latina women. NCLR has designed and is testing this culturally competent and linguistically appropriate cervical cancer prevention education program in Washington, DC and Chicago IL.  The MSFF project dissemination strategy aims to make the outcomes of the MSFF project available to targeted communities. This is done with the hope of attracting a larger audience that might consider using MSFF as an approach to addressing cervical cancer in their community. For more information click HERE.

Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL)

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Network to Eliminate Health Disparities (NAPNEHD)

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Behavioral risk factors associated with this disease can be linked specifically to smoking, physical inactivity and nutrition.

Recognizing the importance of fostering healthier lifestyle choices, particularly within these priority populations, APPEAL began the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Network to Eliminate Health Disparities (NAPNEHD) in October 2009. The goal of this Network is to eliminate health disparities in the AA and NHPI communities by focusing on environmental and policy change. For more information click HERE.

Sustainable Solutions for Health Equity (SOPHE)

SOPHE’s Health Equity Project, “Sustainable Solutions for Health Equity,” goal  is to develop a strategic, sustainable initiative to address the growing health burden of diabetes among American Indians/Alaska Native and African American/Black communities. SOPHE’s aims to: 1) empower its chapters, community-based organizations and community members to reduce diabetes and related risk factors among African American/Black (AA/B) and American Indian/American Native (AI/AN) populations; and 2) develop tools and strategies to improve the social conditions that are the root cause of health inequities while enabling the nation to eliminate these health disparities. For more information click HERE.