Lifting Wellness for African Americans
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Grant
The Allegheny County Health Department has teamed up with local and national partners to address disparities in African-American communities. The REACH program, a CDC-funded initiative, aims to achieve health equity and prevent chronic diseases in the East End (East Hills, Garfield, Homewood, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar, Wilkinsburg), Hill District, Mon Valley (Clairton, North Versailles, Duquesne, McKeesport, North Braddock, Rankin) and the Northside. Through a diverse coalition, more than 25 partners are working to increase access to healthy foods and physical activities. Partners will also provide breastfeeding support and encouragement.
In addition to individual behavioral changes that improve personal and community health outcomes, there are also changes that must take place within systems, such as healthcare, grocery stores, farmers’ markets and transportation, to truly bring about equity and ensure that residents live well, regardless of their zip codes or race.
The REACH coalition has examined various local inequities, related to nutrition, physical activity, and access to care. Over the next five years, the coalition will focus efforts on healthy food policies; new or improved pedestrian, bike and transit routes; and, a pharmacist navigation and referral program.
Our Partners Include:
Evaluator and Technical Consultant:
- Allegheny County Economic Development Department
- Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
- Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
- Healthy Start, Inc.
- Just Harvest
- Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
- Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle
- The Food Trust
- UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
- + Dozens MORE Community Partners
2021 Success Story: REACH Nutrition Activities
The REACH program, a CDC-funded initiative, aims to achieve health equity and prevent chronic diseases in Allegheny County communities.
October 2020 – No-cost flu shots and screenings for chronic diseases