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The Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs) are independent, non-governmental organizations located in 10 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 RHECs include academia, community-based organizations, health systems, health insurers, state legislators, faith-based organizations, foundations, and state government organizations.

This bar graph depicts Representation on RHECs by Issue Expertise: The following are the categories and numbers for each category: Community/Health Education (89); Higher Education (60); Research (57); Minority Health/Health Equity (53); Policy (50); Health Care (45); Data (25); Social Services (21); Cultural Competency (16); Partnerships (16); Mental Health (15); Behavioral Health (14); Health Disparities (14); Dental Care (10); Environment (10); Health Insurance (10); Substance Abuse (10); Community Economic Development (9); Capacity Building (8); Workforce Development/Diversity (8); Other (80). This bar graph depicts the representation of the Representation on RHECs by Population Groups Served: The following are the categories and numbers for each category: All Populations (111); All Minorities (38); Asian/Pacific Islanders (9); Children (9); American Indian/Alaska Native Families (8); Immigrants (7); Persons with Disabilities (7); Refugees (7); Other (44). This bar graph depicts the representation of the Representation on RHECs by Organization Type: The following are the categories and numbers for each category: Academia (56); State/Territorial Government (37); Advocacy (30); Health Care Delivery (30); Non-Profit (17); Consulting (13); Community-Based Organization (9); Local Government (7); Other (24).

Last updated 7/31/2017

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 were 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; and
  • 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

NPA Caucus Websites

RHEC members represented on the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) NPA Caucus and the Community Health Worker (CHW) NPA Caucus workgroups are committed to raising awareness of issues related to CHWs and the AI/AN population.

American Indian/Alaska Native NPA Caucus

Community Health Workers NPA Caucus

Last Modified: 4/24/2018 2:33:00 PM