Project REACH

Boston University School of Public Health has partnered with the Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) to create neighborhood and system-wide strategies to help address chronic disease inequities that affect black and Latino residents of public and subsidized housing in two low-income neighborhoods, Roxbury and Dorchester. Boston REACH (Racial and Ethic Approaches to Community Health) is a four-year initiative funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our staff serve as project evaluators, focused on studying the impact of the main interventions designed to:

  • Improve successful implementation of BHA’s existing tobacco-free policy in all BHA housing developments
  • Implement a geographically targeted strategy to decrease menthol cigarette use in Roxbury and Dorchester
  • Increase access to healthy beverages, including tap water, as an alternative to soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages