Urge Congress to fund programs that address racial and ethnic disparities

Kidney disease disproportionately affects African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans. Issues such as access to care, language barriers, cultural competence of practitioners, and income levels can lead to worse health outcomes for individuals in these communities. Kidney failure, along with other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes in minority communities, cost the health care system $23.9 billion annually. Aiming to address these issues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a program that focuses specifically on racial and ethnic health disparities to create healthier communities called the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program.

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The REACH program provides federal funds to community organizations with a proven history of increasing the health status of the community. It has resulted in a decrease in smoking of 7.5 percent among non-Hispanic African-Americans and 4.5 percent among Hispanics. Additionally, in 2001, less than half of the Hispanics with hypertension were taking medication. By 2009, that number increased to more than two-thirds; this increase is critical for the kidney community because 31% of new cases of kidney failure are caused by hypertension.

Although the outcomes data shows that the REACH program has been successful, federal funds for the REACH program has not been increased in many years. Additionally, since 2017, REACH has been reduced in order to fund the valuable Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program, which focuses on American Indian/Native American populations. To better ensure that all communities have access to the care they need, please ask your elected to fully fund both programs for a total amount of $76.95 million.

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Please Support Funding for the CDC's REACH Program

Dear [Decision Maker],

As someone who has been touched by kidney disease, I ask that you help address this disease in minority communities. Please request that the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education fund the Center on Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program and the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program at a total of $76.95 million.

Kidney disease disproportionately affects African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans. Issues such as access to care, language barriers, cultural competence of practitioners, and income levels can lead to worse health outcomes for individuals in these communities. Kidney failure, along with other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes in minority communities, cost the health care system $23.9 billion annually. Aiming to address these issues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a program that focuses specifically on racial and ethnic health disparities to create healthier communities called the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. It provides federal funds to community organizations with a proven history of increasing the health status of the community.

The REACH program has resulted in a decrease in smoking of 7.5 percent among non-Hispanic African-Americans and 4.5 percent among Hispanics. Additionally, in 2001, less than half of the Hispanics with hypertension were taking medication. By 2009, that number increased to more than two-thirds; this increase is critical for the kidney community because 31% of new cases of kidney failure are caused by hypertension.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]