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In 2010, the Arizona Health Disparities Center (AHDC) was selected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for one of ten REACH CORE grant awards. The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health for Communities Organized to Respond and Evaluate (REACH CORE) is a new program with the purpose of supporting local communities to strategically organize to implement and evaluate evidence-based policy, system and environmental change interventions that eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in chronic diseases.
The REACH program takes a health equity approach to reduce and prevent of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and related conditions such as overweight/obesity among African American, American Indian, Latino, and Asian Pacific Islander communities in Maricopa County. The AHDC will work with the project’s advisory board, community partners and leaders to empower these communities to develop and institute policies, systems, and environmental changes that reduce chronic disease risk factors and foster improved quality of care.