West County YMCA Receives $150,000 Grant

From Left To Right: Richmond City Councilmember Jovanka Beckles, Jennifer Lyle, Don Lau, Anita Retziner, Bianca LaChaux, Joann Ford, Gabino Arredondo, Martha Barajas, Joe L. Fisher, not Pictured. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee.

By Kia Croom The YMCA of the USA has awarded the West Contra Costa County YMCA Branch a two-year, $150,000 grant through the Racial Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Initiative to eliminate racial disparities in treatment of chronic diseases affecting African-American and Latino communities. The branch was one of 16 award recipients nationwide. The YMCA of the USA receives the funding through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) to improve the nation’s health and well being, with a specific focus on addressing gaps between racial and ethnic groups across the country. The West Contra Costa YMCA has targeted Richmond’s Iron Triangle and Coronado Neighborhoods to reach community members who encounter the greatest barriers to healthy living. As part of the initiative, the local YMCA has established the “REACH Leadership Team,” which attended the Healthier Communities Conference in Fort Lauderdale Florida May 13-15. The team included:  Don Lau, executive vice president of the West Contra Costa YMCA; Joe Fisher; City of Richmond City Councilmember Jovanka Beckles;  Joann Ford; Martha Barajas; Bianca LaChaux; Gambino Arredondo; Robert Wilkins; Jennifer Lyles; and Anita Retzinger. For more information about the West Contra Costa County YMCA’s REACH-funded program contact Don Lau at Lau@ymcaeastbay.org.
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