Media Contact:
Bob Rauner, MD, MPH
Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln
4600 Valley Rd., Ste. 250
Lincoln, NE   68510
  Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln Awarded $3.3 Million,
5 Year Community Health Grant
Lincoln Non-Profit Receives Only Nebraska Grant,
1 of 31 Grants Awarded Nationwide

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln (PHL) and three Lincoln partners (Malone Community Center, El Centro de las Americas, the Lincoln Asian Community and Cultural Center) today announced receipt of a $3.3 million, 5-year Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant award. REACH is a national program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest burden of chronic disease through culturally tailored interventions.


The grant will help support coordinated health improvement projects in partnership with the the Malone Community Center, El Centro de las Americas, the Lincoln Asian Community and Cultural Center, Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department, and other community non-profits in Lincoln. The award supports projects that address health disparities through improved nutrition, increasing physical activity, and aligning healthcare providers and community outreach efforts to connect patients with health resources.
Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln received 1 of only 31 grants awarded nationally.  Criteria for receiving the grant included having an existing diverse multi-sector coalition representing both the public and private sectors like schools, businesses, healthcare, community organizations, and faith-based organizations.  PHL's collaborative work in the community along with the successful completion of a recent 3-year CDC Partnership in Community Health grant demonstrated the requisite organizational capacity and experience to complete a project of this scale.
"Over the last 10 years of working with Lincoln Public Schools and other community partners, our data consistently shows significant disparities in health outcomes within Lincoln's minority communities and low income neighborhoods.  The REACH grant funding will provide additional resources to minority communities to help make measurable progress in reducing those health disparities." says Dr. Bob Rauner, President of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln.
Martha Florence, Malone Community Center Board President, agrees, "We are very excited to see how this grant will make a difference in reducing health disparities in Lincoln's minority community. This is a big opportunity for PHL and the communities of color in Lincoln."

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln (PHL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, wellness, and fitness of Lincoln's children, families, and seniors. PHL works to improve wellness policies, conduct community level research and evaluate the success of local health initiatives.  Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln collaborates with other organizations on joint projects to improve health by increasing physical fitness, promoting good nutrition, and supporting breastfeeding. PHL also partners with clinics and healthcare providers to better patient health outcomes through improving processes for outreach, preventative care, and chronic disease