Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)

The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) project is focused on reducing health disparities among minority residents of Cabarrus County.

African American and Hispanic community members are at much higher risk of experiencing negative economic, social, and health outcomes that are associated with chronic disease. Rates of chronic disease are considerably higher among minority populations, contributing to disparities in health outcomes and life expectancy. By using policy, systems, and environmental approaches the REACH project seeks to address the leading causes of chronic disease and obesity, while promoting healthy lifestyles.

The REACH project will work to improve the health and wellness of Cabarrus County Residents by implementing strategies that increase access to healthy foods and beverages, opportunities for physical activity and improve clinical and community linkages.

Program Goals
  1. Healthy Food and Beverages
  2. Physical Activity
  3. Clinical & Community Linkages

  • Implement mobile farmers markets that accept SNAP/EBT in target neighborhoods
  • Increase the number of existing farmers markets that accept SNAP/EBT
  • Work with corner store owners to stock and promote healthy food and beverage items
  • Encourage faith-based organizations operating food pantries to adopt healthy food policies
  • Train non-profit and faith-based organizations in hosting a community garden
  • Work with local schools to revitalize or establish a new school garden to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Healthy Food Access

Farmers Markets - SNAP/EBT
 ·   Kannapolis Farmers Market
·   Barbee Farms
·   Downing Farms
    ·   Miller and Sons Produce
Community Garden Sites

  ·   Forest Hills UMC  
   Bethpage UMC
    ·   Grace Lutheran Church
    ·   Templo de Redención
    ·   Carolinas Farm Stewardship Association 
·   Cannon Memorial YMCA
    ·   Wings of Eagles Ranch

Healthy Corner Stores
   Center City Maxx  
    ·   Danny’s Place  
·   Mi Pais Latino Market
    ·   Mi Refugio Supermarket
    ·   Sam's Mini Stop
    ·   West A Kwik Mart

Healthy Food Pantries - Backpack Programs  
    ·   Operation Breadbasket
    ·   Esther's Heart
    ·   Mt. Pleasant Food Ministry
    ·   Positive Provisions - Forest Hills UMC

Mobile Markets
    ·   Grace Lutheran Church

Healthy Concessions

    ·    Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium 

Physical Activity Sites

Safe Routes to School

    ·   Kannapolis Intermediate School
    ·   Carl A Furr Elementary School   
Jackson Park Elementary School

    ·   Coltrane-Webb STEM School
Beverly Hills Elementary
    ·   R. Brown McAllister Elementary     
Shady Brook Elementary School


Joint Use Agreements

    ·   Centergrove Road Church of Christ     ·   First Missionary Baptist Church     ·   Templo Redención
    ·   Zion Wesley A.M.E Zion Church
    ·   Bellefonte Presbyerian Church        
Kerr Street United Methodist Church
    ·   Price Memorial AME Zion Church

Clinical and Community Linkages

EIM Faith Nurse Sites
·   Centergrove Road Church of Christ
·   First Congregational United Church of Christ
    ·   First Missionary Baptist Church
    ·   Forest Hills UMC
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

EIM Clinics

·   Community Free Clinic
·   Community Health Centers
o   Logan
o   McGill
o   China Grove
·   Cabarrus Health Alliance 

NOC Trained Community Agencies     ·   Community Care of Southern

    ·   Department of Human Services
    ·   Cabarrus Health Alliance
    ·   Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks Department
    ·   Faith Community Health Ministry  
Cabarrus County Schools
    ·   Kannapolis City Schools
    ·   Criminal Justice Partnership

Contact Us

  1. Marcella Beam
    Program Manager

    Alicia McDaniel
    Program Coordinator

    Kristin Klinglesmith
    Program Coordinator

    Sandra Torres
    Program Coordinator

    Jenn West
    Exercise is Medicine Coordinator

    Greg Stewart
    Community Outreach Coordinator
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