REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) is a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sierra Health Foundation.
Its aim is to develop and promote community strategies and policies that improve nutrition, increase physical activity and expand access to healthy foods in Stockton and within organizations that serve the region's African-American community.
REACH partners with faith-based and non-profit organizations that serve the African American community, and the City of Stockton, in an effort to:
Increase opportunities for physical activity
Expand access to healthy foods and beverages
REACH also works with community members to advocate for policies to promote these goals.
REACH staff worked with fourteen churches and organizations that adopted policies to:
Remove sugary beverages from their facilities and programs and promote healthy beverages
Offer regular physical activity breaks during the day
Support breastfeeding mothers
Christina Rillon Peoples, Director of Local Policy
Tanice Wallace, Program Manager
Erin Reynolds, Associate Program Manager
Shamari Lathan, Community Outreach Specialist
Jordan Phillips, Youth Coordinator
About Public Health Advocates
Public Health Advocates (formerly the California Center for Public Health Advocacy) helps neighborhoods and schools become places that nurture health and well-being. We believe that neighborhoods and schools can be places where the physical, social, and economic conditions make health a reality for all people. Public Health Advocates works at the state and local levels to create healthy communities supported by policies that make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Passed the first state law to remove soda and junk food from schools
Passed the first state law to require fast food and chain restaurants to post calories so that customers can make healthy decisions
Helped over a dozen cities to adopt and implement policies to provide only healthy foods and beverages to the families they serve.
Learn more about PHAdvocates here.