CDC Announces the Winners of the 2022 REACH Lark Galloway-Gilliam Award for the Advanced Health Equity Challenge

CDC Announces the Winners of the 2022 REACH Lark Galloway-Gilliam Award for the Advanced Health Equity Challenge

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 REACH Lark Galloway-Gilliam Award for Advancing the Health Equity Challenge. The winners are Thamara Labrousse of Live Healthy Miami Gardens (Florida) and Healthy Savannah (Georgia). This award is given to extraordinary individuals and organizations that work to advance health equity, reduce health disparities, and improve health in groups disproportionately affected by chronic disease.

Health equity is at the heart of the work we do at the CDC, and we remain committed to achieving optimal health for all people. We are pleased to acknowledge Ms. Labrousse of Live Healthy Miami Gardens as well as Healthy Savannah for their work to improve the health and well-being of people in the communities in which they live, learn, work and play.”

Dr.. Rochelle B. Walinsky, MD, MPH, director of the CDC

Racial and ethnic disparities in health are widespread across the United States. However, since 1999, the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program in the CDC’s Department of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) has been at the forefront of CDC’s efforts to reduce health disparities so that all communities can thrive. . REACH Lark Award in memory of Lark Galloway-Gilliam, Founding CEO of Community Health Councils, Inc. and its meaningful and far-reaching contributions to promoting health equity.

“We know that where and how we live can enhance or limit our ability to live healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives,” said Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, director of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “The Lark Award helps us recognize those across the country who work tirelessly to make life and health better for everyone, despite the challenges they may face.”

Thamara Labros collaboration creates a healthier society

Thamara Labrousse has served as Program Director of the Live Healthy Miami Gardens (LHMG) Initiative since its launch in 2014. Under Ms. Labrousse’s leadership, LHMG strives to ensure that work in the City of Miami Gardens (CMG) collaboratively addresses the needs of African Americans and Hispanics in the city. To improve health outcomes at CMG, it focuses on reducing disparities in systems that affect health—including the built environment, (eg, efforts that support easy-to-use sidewalks, pathways, and streets), food and nutrition security, and links to clinical services in the community. Its passionate leadership has resulted in the residents, institutions, and leaders of CMG working actively to promote the health and wellness of the community.

Healthy Savannah supports the culture of health in the South

Healthy Savannah is a public/private partnership of more than 200 companies, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, schools, health care agencies and government agencies. In partnership with REACH recipient, YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Healthy Savannah aims to make Savannah, Georgia, a healthy place to live with a special focus on reducing health disparities and increasing health equity for low-income African Americans who are disproportionately affected by chronic disease. A healthy savannah increases the availability and affordability of healthy food; access to safe places for physical activity; Connecting the community with resources and each other. They work closely with community members and key partner organizations to ensure that all activities are culturally appropriate and acceptable to the community.

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Through the REACH program, the CDC is working to remove health barriers related to race or ethnicity, education, income, location, and other social factors. Since its inception, REACH has demonstrated that local and culturally tailored solutions can be effective in reversing these seemingly intractable health gaps.


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