WASHINGTON —Today, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) reacted to the Senate passage of a bipartisan budget deal approved by the House earlier this week. The budget will fund the government through September 2020 and avert a government shutdown. The budget includes a $4M increase in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program for additional awards.

“We applaud lawmakers for recognizing the importance of the REACH program and the critical need to address the impact of chronic diseases among communities of color,” said Juliet K. Choi, senior vice president for government & external relations of APIAHF. “For 20 years, REACH has demonstrated return on investment and has had demonstrable impact in improving the lives of communities of color. The additional investment comes at a critical time when some of the most common chronic diseases are costing $147 billion a year.”

To learn more about the REACH program, visit APIAHF’s factsheet here: https://www.apiahf.org/resource/racial-and-ethnic-approaches-to-community-health-reach-program/.

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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.