The Genesee County Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) project focuses on reducing disparities in perinatal health and infant mortality in Genesee County, Michigan, through multi-faceted community based intervention strategies. The REACH coalition has collaborated for the past 10 years to successfully reduce health disparities in our county. The Genesee County REACH coalition was first funded in 2000 to implement the REACH 2010 Initiative.
In 2007, the PRC/MI led the Enhanced Evaluation Project which provided an opportunity to better understand the key outcomes of their work. The Enhanced Evaluation project expanded upon the original Genesee County REACH 2010 evaluation plan with the goal to provide a more in-depth and comparative investigation to explore the connection between infant mortality (IM) prevention efforts and IM rates, maternal conditions, and perinatal health outcomes. This project emphasizes the use of Geographical Information Systems for understanding community patterns related to birth outcomes and infant mortality.
The REACH coalition is now continuing their work through the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) project as a Center for Excellence in Eliminating Disparities.
REACH U.S. builds upon the REACH 2010 Initiative, continuing to focus on reducing disparities in perinatal health and infant mortality. The project is led by the Genesee County Health Department and uses community-based participatory approach to disseminate findings and identify best practices. Partners include the health system, university, county agencies, and community based organizations. The PRC/MI is working with the REACH partners to create a common framework for evaluation and identify best practices.