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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health

Deadline: July 16, 2018

The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program aims to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk, or burden, of chronic disease, specifically for African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Natives, by:

  • Supporting culturally tailored interventions to address the preventable health behaviors of tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity
  • Linking community and clinical efforts to increase access to health care and preventive care programs at the community level
  • Supporting implementation, evaluation and dissemination of practice- and evidence-based strategies related to tobacco, nutrition, physical activity, and community-clinical linkages that ultimately lead to reduced health disparities in chronic conditions of hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity

Funding will support recipients that:

  • Have a history of successfully working with an established coalition who addresses health or other disparities
  • Select strategies that address the health disparities in the community based on a health needs assessment process
  • Have organizational capacity to implement locally tailored evidence-based and practice based strategies

Applicants must propose work in three of the four strategies and their accompanying activities. The applicant should describe how the selected strategies are anticipated to improve the burden of chronic disease in the priority population(s) and include communication activities that will support the selected strategies. Strategies include:

  • Tobacco strategy: Collaborate with partners to promote tobacco free living among priority population(s)
  • Nutrition strategy: Collaborate with partners to improve nutrition in priority population(s)
  • Physical activity strategy: Collaborate with partners to improve physical activity in priority population(s) to connect sidewalks, paths, bicycle routes, public transit with homes, early care and education, schools, worksites, parks, or recreation centers through implementing master plans and land use interventions
  • Community-clinical linkages strategy: Collaborate with partners to increase referral and access to community-based health programs for the priority population(s)

Amount: A total of $125,000,000 is available to make 32 awards that range from $500,000-$900,000 per budget period. The period of performance is five years (five budget periods).

Eligibility: State governments; county governments; city or township governments; special district governments; independent school districts; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal organizations; nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status; private institutions of higher education; and small businesses.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=304353

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