For the past ten years, we have been working together as a community coalition to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. With leadership from the Institute for Family Health, the support of many funding sources and the involvement of thousands of our neighbors, we’re creating change to make health equality a reality. Recently, we were named a National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities so we can continue to expand our advocacy and education efforts city and state-wide.


Bronx Health REACH Commends Comptroller Scott Stringer’s Report on Physical Education Disparities in NYC Schools

New York, NY (May 7, 2015) – The Institute for Family Health’s Bronx Health REACH program applauds New York City  Comptroller Scott Stringer for his report, “Dropping the Ball: Disparities in Physical Education in New York City Schools.” The report highlights the lack of certified PE teachers, dedicated space for PE and adequate PE programming. These findings confirm Bronx Health REACH’s experience working with schools in the Bronx to reduce chronic, preventable diseases and eliminate inequities leading to poor health outcomes.

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Corner Store Purchases in a Low-Income Urban Community in NYC

While public health professionals have made incredible strides to raise awareness of health inequalities that exist in low-income multiracial communities, more work is needed to decrease the high rates of preventable illnesses. Low-income, multiracial communities have higher rates of obesity, likely due in part to lower access to full-service supermarkets and more access to small corner stores than other neighborhoods. Corner stores tend to stock an abundance of inexpensive and high-calorie, unhealthy food items that can increase the risk of obesity among children and adults. The popularity of corner stores among low-income residents can be attributed to proximity and convenience; as well as poor proximity to a fully-stocked supermarket.

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Bronx Health REACH Receives CDC Funding to Expand Efforts

The Institute for Family Health was awarded nearly $3,000,000 in funding over the next three years to advance its work as a part of the Bronx Health REACH Coalition. The award, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supports the multi-sectoral, participatory Coalition of over 70 members that has successfully implemented evidence-based and community-informed interventions in a sustained effort to eliminate health disparities in chronic disease and related risk factors among residents of the Bronx. For more information, please read the press release here.

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