This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. Over the last two decades, REACH has been at the forefront of the CDC’s efforts to address health disparities and promote health equity, funding over 180 communities throughout the nation. At the heart of the REACH program is its meaningful engagement with diverse communities to implement culturally-tailored strategies that have been effective in closing gaps in health disparities.
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 increases in healthy behaviors.
The 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.