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Regional Health Equity Councils

RHEC Regional Map with regions denoted

The Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs) are independent non-governmental organizations located in ten regions of the country. Each council comprises leaders and stakeholders from both non-federal public and private sectors from within that region. Examples of sectors represented on the RHEC include academia, community-based organizations, health systems, health insurers, state legislators, faith-based organizations, foundations, state government organizations, etc.

This bar graph depicts the representation of the Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs) by Population Group that they serve or work with in their careers. The y axis shows the population group and the x axis shows the number of RHEC members who work with that population group. Listed on the y axis from top to bottom, there are 109 RHEC members who serve all populations, 45 RHEC members who serve minority populations, 13 RHEC members who serve Asian/Pacific Islanders, 9 RHEC members who serve immigrants, 8 RHEC members who serve American Indians/Alaska Natives, 7 RHEC members who serve Persons with Disabilities, 7 RHEC members who serve Children, 6 RHEC members who serve Youth, 6 RHEC members who serve Hispanics/Latinos, 5 RHEC members who serve Women, 5 RHEC members who serve Refugees, and 33 RHEC members who serve “Other” populations. To the right of the bar graph is a list of the “other” populations served by RHEC members. This list shows that there are 4 RHEC members who serve Lesbian, Gay Bisexual or Transsexual populations; 4 RHEC members who serve Seniors, 4 RHEC members who serve Urban populations, 3 RHEC members who serve African Americans, 3 RHEC members who serve Native Americans, 3 RHEC members who serve Rural, 2 RHEC members who serve Caribbeans, 2 RHEC members who serve Families, RHEC members who serve Migrant Farm Workers; 1 RHEC member who serves Arab populations, 1 RHEC member who serves Drug Users, 1 RHEC member who serves Native Hawaiians, 1 RHEC member who serves Sex Workers, 1 RHEC member who serve Vietnamese Americans, and 1 RHEC member who serves populations in the Virgin Islands. This bar graph depicts the representation of the Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs) by Organization Type. The y axis shows the organization type and the x axis shows the number of RHEC members who work in those types of organizations. Listed on the y axis from top to bottom, there are 57 RHEC members in Academia, 44 RHEC members in Advocacy, 37 RHEC members in State/Territorial Government, 33 RHEC members in Health Care Delivery, 23 RHEC members in Consulting, 10 RHEC members in Philanthropy or who are funders, 8 RHEC members in local government, 8 RHEC members in health insurance, 6 RHEC members in community based organizations, 6 RHEC members in trade associations or hospital associations, and seven RHEC members in “other” organizations. To the right of the bar graph is a list of the “other” organizations. This “other” list shows that there are 3 RHEC members in for-profits, 3 RHEC members in faith based organizations, and 1 RHEC member in legislature. This bar graph depicts the representation of the Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs) by Issue Area Expertise. The y axis shows the area of expertise and the x axis shows the number of RHEC members who are experts in that area. Listed on the y axis from top to bottom, there are 66 RHEC members in community/health education, 67 RHEC members in policy, 63 RHEC members in minority health/health equity, 54 RHEC members in Higher Education, 47 RHEC members in Health Care, 30 RHEC members in Research, 24 RHEC members in Social Services, 14 RHEC members in Cultural Competency, 10 RHEC members in Environment, 8 RHEC members in Mental Health, 8 RHEC members in Health Insurance, 8 RHEC members in Data, 7 RHEC members in Workforce Development/Diversity, 6 RHEC members in Partnerships, 6 RHEC members in Disabilities, 6 RHEC members in Community/Economic Development, 6 RHEC members in Capacity Building, 6 RHEC members in Dental Care, 5 RHEC members in Oral Health Equity, 5 RHEC members in Community Health Workers, and 25 RHEC members in “Other” areas. To the right of the bar graph is a list of the “other” issue area expertise. This list shows that there are 4 RHEC members in Pharmacy, 2 RHEC members in Health Information Technology, 3 RHEC members in Youth Engagement/Social Media, 2 RHEC members in Rural Health, 2 RHEC members in Business Management, 1 RHEC member in Child Care, 1 RHEC member in Cultural Preservation/Promotion, 1 RHEC member in Education, 1 RHEC member in Employment, 1 RHEC member in Health Communications, 1 RHEC member in Healthy Food Access, 1 RHEC member in HIV/AIDS, 1 RHEC member in Immunization, 1 RHEC member in Justice, 1 RHEC member in Language Access, 1 RHEC member in Migrant Health and 1 RHEC member who works in a Rural Church.

Last updated 1/2015

The RHECs' primary role is to initiate action to implement the goals of the NPA and therefore, advance the agenda to eliminate health disparities from the grassroots. The RHECs have been established to:

  • Identify key regional health inequity issues and drivers, and advance a responsive agenda.
  • Use the collective power of organizations represented on the RHECs to derive models for and promote cross-sector collaboration.
  • Initiate new and support existing regional policies and action to eliminate health disparities.
  • Leverage opportunities available through organizations and sectors represented on the council to address health disparities.
  • Convene regional stakeholders and partners to address regional health disparities issues

Regional Health Equity Council Websites

RHEC Region I MapNew England Regional Health Equity Council (Region I) Exit Disclaimer
RHEC Region II MapRegion II Health Equity Council (Region II) Exit Disclaimer
RHEC Region III MapMid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (Region III) Exit Disclaimer
RHEC Region IV MapSoutheastern Health Equity Council (Region IV) Exit Disclaimer
RHEC Region V MapGreat Lakes Regional Health Equity Council (Region V) Exit Disclaimer
RHEC Region VI MapSouthwest Regional Health Equity Council (Region VI) Exit Disclaimer
RHEC Region VII MapHeartland Regional Health Equity Council (Region VII) Exit Disclaimer
RHEC Region VIII MapMountain States Regional Health Equity Council (Region VIII) Exit Disclaimer
RHEC Region IX MapPacific & Southwest Regional Health Equity Council (Region IX) Exit Disclaimer
RHEC Region X MapRegion X Health Equity Council (Region X) Exit Disclaimer

Last Modified: 3/25/2016 12:00:00 AM