Healthy Savannah Provides $2,200 in REACH Grants to Healthy Equity Events

SAVANNAH, Ga. - May 21, 2023 - PRLog -- (SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is providing $2,200 in grant funding to support health equity education and awareness at two upcoming Savannah area events.
  • #HealthyMe #HealthyUs is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at True Light Church Savannah, 1010 East Duffy St. in Savannah.
  • The 6th Annual Love & Soul Family Festival is planned for 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at Tanger Outlets in Pooler.

The funding was specifically earmarked to be spent in the faith community, to provide resources for health screenings, COVID-19 and flu awareness activities and vaccine clinics presented in conjunction with faith-based activities and events in Black and Hispanic communities throughout the Savannah area.

The individual grants in the amounts of $1,200 (#HealthyMe) and $1000 (Love & Soul), were made available through a supplemental grant awarded in 2021 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to broaden initiatives of the five-year Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant awarded in 2018. Both grants are administered by Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. The overall goal of the supplemental grant initiative is to focus on elevating COVID-19 and flu vaccine access, awareness, and acceptance, in certain low-wealth communities.

To date, program administrators have provided 20 mini-grants from $500-$2000 for similar faith-based events in the greater Savannah area, totaling $23,200. The mini-grant program is also administered in conjunction with Healthy Savannah's Faith and Health Coalition, which has championed health equity programs in the local faith community since 2016.

The #healthyMe #HealthyUs is a free interactive workshop designed to promote health equity and empower our community to live well. The event will include prizes and giveaways as well as important information about what to do in the event of a COVID or flu diagnosis, plus glow germ kits and guided blood pressure checks.

The Love & Soul Family Festival is shaping up to be a full day of live entertainment, food trucks, community vendors, service providers, a kid zone hosted by the YMCA and more. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Love & Soul Family Festival, visit, email or call 912-224-6084.

For more information about #HealthyMe #Healthy Us, contact True Light Church Savannah at or 912-234-1920 or visit online at

Marjorie Young
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