REACH 2010 Latino Health Project, 2000-2007
REACH 2010 Latino Health was a community-based participatory research project funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted in Lawrence, MA, from 2000 – 2007, that sought to achieve four goals :
- To build new capacity to improve health for Latino diabetics.
- To improve health outcomes for Latino diabetics.
- To develop and maintain community-based systems of care and education about diabetes.
- To improve systems of health care so that Latinos with diabetes get excellent care.
Because of REACH 2010, over 750 more Latinos have controlled blood sugar than in 2001!
October 1, 2007 - Continued under CDC funding, the Latino Center of Excellence for Eliminating Disparities (CEED): Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH New England opened at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. Our commitment is in helping local communities in New England eliminate disparities related to asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and breast and cervical cancer. We are fortunate to have many people from partner organizations working together in tailoring interventions that are cultually appropriate that include communicating in Spanish, creating comfortable, familial environments of openness and trust.
The mission of the Latino CEED: REACH New Englandis to stimulate local action in Latino communities across New England to eliminate health disparities related to asthma, breast and cervical cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
To be a Center without walls that is a leader in the elimination of inequities–a familia that respects and trusts the wisdom of the community to find solutions.
- Latinos and their communities in New England have knowledge and skills required to maximize health and wellness.
- Latino CEED communities adopt the concept la familia as a foundation of relationships among people and organizations in seeking to address social determinants of health disparities.
- Local, state, and national policies exist that result in the reduction and ultimate elimination of inequities in Latino CEED communities.
- Excellent health care related to asthma, breast and cervical cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes is available in Latino CEED communities.
- Latino CEED communities use a dynamic, integrated, comprehensive and transportable model for eliminating inequities.