Worcester Division of Public Health Receives $780K Grant From CDC

Thursday, February 28, 2019
GoLocalWorcester News Team

Ed Augustus
The City of Worcester Division of Public Health received a 2018 REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for $780,648 a year for five years.

Worcester is the only municipality in Massachusetts to receive the grant and was one of just 31 recipients throughout the U.S.

“This grant aligns well with our Community Health Improvement Plan which outlines a goal of health equity and includes priority areas such as access to care, cultural responsiveness, access to healthy food and physical activity. We thank the CDC for funding this important project and we look forward to working with the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester and all of the partners to continue improving the health of our City,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr.

The Goal of the Grant

The project goal is to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest burden of chronic disease (i.e., hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity) through culturally tailored systematic interventions that address community conditions and impact access to care, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity.

The priority population for the grant is Latino Americans.

WDPH will contribute its vast experience in project oversight and evidence-based community health strategies in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and community-clinical linkages as well as quality improvements.

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