Phone: 717.531.1440

How REACH Builds
Healthier Communities

REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) is a national program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. In 2018, Penn State College of Medicine was one of the recipients of the REACH awards to work with the communities of Lebanon and Berks counties.

We actively engage members of the community to plan and carry out proven strategies that are culturally appropriate to prevent chronic diseases, promote healthy behaviors, and address the root causes of racial and ethnic health disparities.

Meet the REACH Team
Build a Better City
Physical Activity
Nutrition Tips & Resources

Connecting and Collaborating
with Community Health Partners:

REACH creates partnerships to identify the unique needs, assets, and opportunities of each community to implement what works in these areas:

Physical Activity
Improving spaces and providing safe places to walk and get active, and promoting physical activities in community events and classes at local recreational facilities (eg: local parks).

Nutrition
Expanding access to affordable and nutritious food (eg: farmers markets), informing parents of breastfeeding benefits and resources, and increasing community awareness of local resources available to them.

Diabetes Prevention
Promoting referrals to bilingual preventive services and support collaborations between community health workers and health professionals.

A Healthier Community

REACH will help provide locally based and culturally tailored solutions to empower our partners to build healthier communities.

 

How REACH Can Support
Your Community:

  • Technical assistance:
    program implementation
  • Program Evaluation
  • Resources:
    presenters, community health workers
  • Marketing of community health events
  • Translation of Materials

We Can Support Communities By:

  • Making cities more walkable
  • Implementing breastfeeding initiatives
  • Training of community health workers
  • Improving access to healthy food

Due to CDC requirements, there are certain restrictions on resources and services that we cannot provide. Examples that we cannot support include:

  • Food and Beverages
  • Entertainment

Contact Us

REACH, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, 20 Year Badge

Andrea Murray, Project Manager
717-531-0003 Ext. 320441
amurray3@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Upcoming Events

Nov 20, 2019

Wellness Wednesday

Commit to your health every Wednesday in 2019! Join Better Together Lebanon in creating a healthier Lebanon County by signing...

Nov 25, 2019

2019 Cancer Survivorship: Lifestyle, Nutrition & Weight Management

Join registered dietician, Susan Gilbert, RD, CSO, LDN, for an interactive monthly workshop on lifestyle recommendations for cancer survivors. Learn...

Nov 27, 2019

Wellness Wednesday

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