Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Grant

In 2018, RAO Community Health (formally known as Rosedale Assistance & Opportunities) was awarded the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This five year grant is designed to identify and address the racial and ethnic health disparities among two targeted populations: African Americans (priority) and Asian Americans (secondary). We have selected five counties in North Carolina as targeted geographic locations: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Iredell, and Anson.

As a chosen recipient of the REACH grant, we are looking to bring together members of the communities that we will be serving to build and/or expand a powerful community coalition to plan and carry out the three program strategies:

    • Nutrition
    • Physical Activity
    • Community-Clinical Linkages

To learn more about the CDC and the REACH Grant, click here.

REACH work plan


Success Stories


  • Smart Growth America (SGA) partnered with RAO Community Health and Sustain Charlotte over the course of several months to prepare and provide a virtual multidisciplinary technical assistance workshop held from July 21-30, 2020. Originally envisioned as an onsite workshop, SGA worked with partners to shift to a virtual format in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

    SGA used its experience and expertise to provide education on best practices to build a common
    foundation of understanding on the relationship between Complete Streets and activity-friendly
    routes to everyday destinations; to facilitate a series of discussions to identify local challenges and
    opportunities; and ultimately to synthesize the outcomes of the data and discussions into
    recommendations that represent the priorities of the community and stakeholders. Read the full report here. To learn more about Smart Growth America, click here.


  • As the Community-Clinical Linkages Program Manager, Keila Marlin works across community and clinical sectors to increase referrals and access to community-based programs through promotion and capacity building. In an effort to bring awareness to the community health worker profession and the lack of capacity across the state of North Carolina during COVID-19, Keila published an opinion article in Medical Professionals Charlotte‘s August issue. The article discusses the importance of community health workers and further explains how contact tracing can help support and serve in underserved communities of color in North Carolina. Read the article here.


Bernard Davis

REACH Principle Investigator

Ashley Carmenia

REACH Program Director

Keila Marlin

REACH Community-Clinical Linkages Manager

Elliott Royal

REACH Nutrition Program Manager

Chinue Hinds-Hazelwood

REACH Communications Manager