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 for black and Latino residents of public and subsidized housing in two low-income neighborhoods, Roxbury and Dorchester. This new three-year initiative is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our staff will serve as project evaluators, focused on studying the impact of the main interventions designed to:

  • Increase the number of tobacco-free Section 8 units and improve successful implementation of BHA’s existing tobacco free policy;
  • 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.