Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, Partners
Receive 5 Year, $3.3 CDC Grant

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln (PHL) announced today they have been awarded a $3.3 million, 5-year Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant.  REACH is a national program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest burden of chronic disease through culturally tailored interventions.

The grant will help support coordinated health improvement projects in partnership with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department, the Malone Community Center, El Centro de las Americas, the Lincoln Asian Community and Cultural Center, and other community non-profits in Lincoln. The award supports projects that address health disparities through nutrition, physical activity, and aligning healthcare providers and community outreach efforts to connect patients with health resources.

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln received one of only 31 grants awarded nationally.  Criteria for receiving the grant included having an existing diverse multi-sector coalition representing both the public and private sectors like schools, businesses, healthcare, community organizations, and faith-based organizations.  PHL’s collaborative work in the community along with the successful completion of a recent 3-year CDC Partnership in Community Health grant demonstrated the requisite organizational capacity and experience to complete a project of this scale.

“Over the last 10 years of working with Lincoln Public Schools and other community partners, our data consistently shows significant disparities in health outcomes within Lincoln’s minority communities and low income neighborhoods.  The REACH grant funding will provide additional resources to minority communities to help make measurable progress in reducing those health disparities.” says Dr. Bob Rauner, President of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln.

Martha Florence, Malone Community Center Board President, agrees, “We are very excited to see how this grant will make a difference in reducing health disparities in Lincoln’s minority community.  This is a big opportunity for PHL and the communities of color in Lincoln.”

LNKTV Health Features PHL
and Partners Monthly -
 meet our partners

Each month, LNKTV Health's Shape of the City program features community organizations that are making a difference in our community. Shape of the City in the Kitchen features great nutrition information and tips to make healthy eating easier.  LNKTV's Health Get Up and Go Series features unique and fun ways to be active and Bright Sports featuring inspiring work done by local nonprofits to improve community health.  Watch the latest Shape of the City below and visit LNKTV Health for everything health, wellness, safety, and fitness in our community: 


NOVEMBER 2018 - view the whole episode

The first segment features Scott Young of the Food Bank of Lincoln discussing hunger and food insecurity in Lincoln.

In the second segment, Marci Metzger from Voices for Hope and Sheila Dorsey-Vinton from the Asian Community and Cultural Center discuss domestic violence examine domestic violence in our community and where to get help.

In the last segment, Dee Kaser of the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network and Kari Ericsson of Nebraska Urban Indian Medical Center talk about diabetes, a chronic disease affecting 1 in 10 people, and pre-diabetes, affecting 1 in 3.

Find an LNKTV Health program schedule, live streaming and video-on-demand options at this link.


Bright Spots: "We Cook" Helps Kids 
LNKTV Health highlights community programs that help make a difference in our city.  In this Bright Spot about the WeCook program, kids havie fun while learning the kinds of nutrition and fitness activities that will make them healthy for life.  WeCook promotes physical fitness and teaches at-risk youth and their families how to cook simple, healthy foods and learn more about gardening. 




Streets Alive!, Lincoln Calling Music Festivals Shared Music, Focus on Wellness
New Belmont Community Development Project Started

We had a great Streets Alive!, our outdoor movement festival on September 23!  Hosted again this year in Belmont, our FREE outreach event stretched over nearly 2 miles of traffic-free streets was again filled with health resources, join-in fitness classes, fresh produce, music, dance, art, and kids activities. New  this year, a fun run/dog walk over the Streets Alive! route hosted kids, adults, and dogs before the festival kicked off.  Weather delayed the ribbon-cutting for new Streets Alive!/Belmont Community Project, an outdoor living and learning center in the Belmont Park at the festival, but a ceremony is planned for mid-October

What else was new? Lincoln Calling, downtown music festival that celebrates local and national emerging musicians and artists is spilled over into Streets Alive! Some of Lincoln Calling's musicians graced the stages at Streets Alive!  This year, Lincoln Calling expanded their music festival to include arts and innovation and panel discussions with national and local experts in the fields of workplace wellness, women's health and creative arts entrepreneurship.  Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln President, Dr. Bob Rauner, was one of the panelists. 

PHL Featured on NASDAQ Jumbotron in NY

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln Wins
National Cancer Screening Award

Feb. 27, 2018 – The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), an organization co-founded by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, honored Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln with a national achievement award recognizing community leadership in the ongoing effort to save lives through early detection of colorectal cancer.

One of seven honorees nationwide, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln received the 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award in the community category for leading the Nebraska Physicians Cancer Screening Project.  The award recognizes individuals and organizations who dedicate their time, talent and expertise to advancing needed initiatives to reach the national goal of regularly screening 80% of adults age 50 or over for colorectal cancer. Learn more.  Find colon cancer info, resource links.



Partnerships Make a Collective Impact

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln collaborates with non-profits across the city to improve the wellness of our community. Throughout the year, we feature the work our partners do to impact the health and fitness of our city.  Each month we spotlight the current highlights and happenings of featured partners.  

November 2018 highlights:  
LPS Wellness Program          
Nebraska Extension/NEP

Read past highlights here.



Foundation singles out city, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, LPS Wellness Program, LLCHD, WorkWell

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), America’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public's health, has recognized the city of Lincoln, the work of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln and our partners, WorkWell, Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department, and the LPS Wellness Program, for progress made locally in addressing the nationwide obesity epidemic.  The foundation recently committed $500M over ten years to target childhood obesity across the country, bringing their investment total since 2007 to $1B to reverse childhood obesity rates. Read their article about Lincoln.