Where you live can shape your health. The physical features, social relationships, services and opportunities available in neighborhoods can either enhance or constrain an individual’s choices benefiting health and well-being. REACH Buffalo will seek to establish and resource a neighborhood environment that promotes “living a life of wellness” in Buffalo, NY.
CAI, in partnership with the African American Health Disparities Task Force (AAHDTF), received annual grant funding through 2023 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to “Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH). REACH Buffalo will concentrate on Ferry Street itself, as well as the community that resides within four blocks to the north and south of the Corridor in five zip code areas (14208, 14209, 14211, 14213, and 14215) in Buffalo, NY with disparities in rates of chronic disease.
Based upon the needs of the community, REACH Buffalo Leadership Group members have identified the following three strategies as focal points for the initiative:
- Strategy 1: Promote tobacco-free living among the African American community residing and working along the Ferry Street Corridor
- Strategy 2: Improve access to, and consumption of, healthy and nutritious foods; including an increase in the continuity and community support for breastfeeding
- Strategy 3: Increase referral and access to community-based health, preventative care, and other available community programs
OUR FRAMEWORK FOR WORKING TOGETHER
To do this work we will employ a Collective Impact (CI) 3.0 framework to engage and mobilize coalition and community residents to select, tailor, and cluster Buffalo’s existing assets and resources along the Ferry Corridor to address modifiable health behaviors and the social determinants of health that contribute to disparities in chronic disease.
Our mobilizing and engagement structure is comprised of a Leadership Group, Community Action Team (CAT), and Innovation Groups (IGs). It will be strengthened to include a Ferry Corridor Resident Action Team. The CAT, IGs and Resident Action Team will convene regularly over the course of the project. We will actively encourage inclusivity in these groups, being mindful to include those with disabilities, seniors, varying levels of health literacy, and members of the LGBTQ community.
CAI, is the backbone organization for the REACH Buffalo initiative. We will continue in this capacity throughout the life-span of the grant and serve as an unaligned, a-political convener to bring organizations and community residents together to establish a shared vision for the Corridor, identify and implement a coordinated set of strategies to realize that vision, and to achieve together what could not be achieved alone.