Despite improvements in the nation’s overall health, health disparities still exist among racial and ethnic minorities. The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) program is the cornerstone of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. Through REACH U.S., CDC supports community-based programs designed to address health disparities in breast and cervical cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, adult immunizations, infant mortality, asthma, and hepatitis B. The racial and ethnic populations served by REACH U.S. include African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
NORC conducts annual risk factor surveys in 28 REACH U.S. communities to provide CDC and the communities with data to monitor progress and achievements. Using an innovative data collection methodology that couples address-based sampling with multiple modes of data collection including telephone, mail, and in-person interviewing, NORC interviews approximately 25,000 adults annually. Interviews are conducted in eight languages including English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Korean, Khmer, and Haitian Creole.