With funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (CDC DNPAO), the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is part of a national effort to improve health, prevent chronic disease, and reduce health disparities through culturally appropriate programming. NKFM was awarded nearly $3.5 million to be used over five years (Sept 2018 – Sept 2023).
Our program, REACH for the S.T.A.R.S. (Sustained, Transformed, & Aligned Resources & Support), concentrates efforts in Inkster, Wayne, and Westland. The population of highest priority, African Americans and Hispanic, are those with disproportionate risk of chronic diseases, who experience racial/ethnic or socioeconomic disparities, including inadequate access to care, elderly or individuals living with disabilities, and/or low income.
We will work closely with the community coalitions in each city – Inkster Task Force, Healthy Wayne, and Healthy Westland. The approach incorporates three strategies – Nutrition, Active Living, and Community-Clinical Linkages. Our team will have a capacity-building role as we aim to create policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes.