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Oct 7, 2014

First Choice South Valley Community Commons Receives Funding


The $2.9 million REACH grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, awarded to Presbyterian Healthcare Services, will address healthy eating, active living and prevention of chronic diseases in the South Valley and International District, where inequities have persisted for decades because of factors including poverty and access. 

First Choice Community Healthcare is a major partner in the grant and will be working with other clinics and community organizations to advance its South Valley Community Commons, an expansion project that brings a wide array of prevention-related initiatives together to complement its existing primary care center. First Choice will hire a South Valley Community Commons coordinator with the funds.

The South Valley Community Commons prevention-related initiatives include a new early childhood development center, a permanent campus for Health Leadership High School, a Wellness Center, a community garden with an indoor/outdoor learning center and grower's market, a local farm-to-table-style restaurant and an enterprise lease space.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services is the backbone organization for the grant, and the Bernalillo County Community Health Council is the coalition leading the overall effort. Some of the other partner organizations in alignment with the REACH Community Action Plan include:  City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs, Share New Mexico, Bernalillo County Place Matters, First Nations Community Healthsource, Agri-Cultura Network, Farm to Table New Mexico, Bernalillo County Office of Health and Social Services, New Mexico Department of Health, Mid-Regional Council of Governments, and The University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center.

The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) award is part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will administer the grant, which will run for 3 years, subject to availability of funds.