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.
Community Partnerships

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

· CC Griffin Middle school

· Forest Park Elementary School

· Fred L. Wilson Elementary School

· Rocky River Elementary School

· Woodrow Wilson Elementary


· Carl A Furr Elementary School

· 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 Piedmont

· 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

Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.