REACH Obesity and Hypertension Project

The goal of the three-year REACH demonstration grant (October 2012-2015) is to create a community-based model for improving health in underserved, heavily minority communities through an interwoven set of activities that improve adolescent and adult health outcomes. These activities include development of school-based wellness centers, improving the nutritional and physical activity resources available to community residents living in neighborhoods around the schools, and through the institutionalization of health improvement strategies into community plans. The REACH demonstration grant is a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Community Health Councils (CHC). The CHC has also partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Our faculty researchers will serve as the project evaluators, working with a group of subject-matter experts to develop a way to measure intervention success and support the partners’ development of a model that other cities might benefit from. The project will affect approximately 449,000 African-American and Hispanic/Latino residents in the West Adams Baldwin Hills and South Los Angeles areas.