A $235,000 grant was awarded this month to help San Joaquin County put into place policies, programs and environmental changes aimed at improving health in the black community.
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the grant will be administered by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and its local partner, the Stockton branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The funds are part of the CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program, and will be used to develop and promote community strategies and policies that improve nutrition, increase physical activity and expand access to healthy foods in organizations serving black and low-income residents, according to a news release.
San Joaquin County has some of the highest numbers of overweight adults in the state (65 percent), but the numbers are even more alarming for blacks in the county (85 percent).
The grant is focused on strategies to reduce or eliminate chronic disease health disparities in racial and ethnic groups. CCPHA’s work is aimed at helping organizations, churches and businesses implement nutrition standards, physical activity breaks and measures to limit children’s consumption of sugary beverages, with an emphasis on African-American neighborhoods. It will also work to improve community design, making walking, biking and other active modes of transportation more convenient.
For more information, visit healthequity.ucla.edu/ucla-healthy-default-reach.