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NPA Digital Stories

The NPA Digital Stories are a collection of videos featuring leaders from federal, state, local, and tribal agencies and the private sector who are working toward the NPA’s goal of eliminating health disparities. In the videos, national partners, Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) members, and Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) members provide a glimpse into the impetus for the creation of the NPA and discuss its critical role in the effort to reduce health disparities. Speakers also discuss factors that contribute to health disparities and efforts to achieve health equity in the United States. NPA Digital Stories help the public to learn from leaders about why addressing disparities is important and how the NPA helps to achieve health equity. The videos are listed below in chronological order with speaker and descriptions included.

Why culturally and linguistically appropriate services matter

Speakers: Elizabeth A. Jacobs, MD, MAPP; Cornelia E. Brown, PhD; Gail Price-Wise, MS; Wilma Alvarado-Little MA, MSW; Julia Puebla Fortier; Cindy Brach, MPP; Marjory A. Bancroft, MA; Su Lien Miller, MA; Gregory Figaro; Cynthia E. Roat, MPH

Description: In this video, public health professionals share insight and stories that illustrate why culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) matter in improving healthcare access and quality and health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations. The NPA includes improving cultural and linguistic competency as a major goal and supports the implementation of the National CLAS Standards as a priority for action on health disparities.               

The NPA: Setting goals to move the nation closer to health equity

Speaker: CAPT Arlene Lester, DDS, MPH

Description: In this video, CAPT Arlene Lester explains why we should care about health equity and how the NPA helps to set goals that can help to move the nation closer to health equity.

The NPA: Starting a national conversation for action on health equity

Speaker: Garth Graham, MD, MPH

Description: Dr. Garth Graham, a national leader in addressing health inequities among the nation’s minority and vulnerable populations, explains why health equity is important and discusses how the NPA is leading the national conversation around partnerships for action to address health disparities. Dr. Graham previously served as the HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and led the HHS Office of Minority Health. Under his leadership, OMH guided the development of the NPA.

The NPA: Mobilizing partnerships for action on health disparities

Speaker: Cheryl Boyce

Description: In this video, Cheryl Boyce describes how the NPA has mobilized people at the community level throughout the country to move the nation closer to health equity. The NPA fosters partnerships across multiple government offices and sectors at federal, regional, tribal, state, and local levels to take action on health disparities.

The NPA and Community Health Workers: Taking action to improve the health of tribes in the Great Plains

Speaker: Richard Mousseau

Description: In this video, Richard Mousseau describes how access to adequate and timely healthcare services often challenges tribal members who reside in the Great Plains. Lack of such access contributes to higher rates of chronic diseases. Mr. Mousseau discusses how the goals of the NPA help to improve the health of tribal members, in ways that include strengthening the nation’s network of community health workers (CHWs), who play a key role in disease prevention and health promotion in and beyond tribal communities of the Great Plains.

How the NPA can help to overcome language barriers to health care

Speaker: Victoria Huynh

Description: Language barriers are one of the major challenges to providing adequate healthcare services to immigrant communities. In this video, Victoria Huynh describes how the NPA is helpful in overcoming these barriers due to its role in promoting the implementation of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (National CLAS Standards) and providing an opportunity for members of the Regional Health Equity Councils to share best practices.  

The NPA is an invaluable partner for American Indians/Alaska Natives

Speaker: Stacey Bohlen

Description: In this video, Stacey Bohlen provides background on the health and health disparities of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. She explains how the NPA is an invaluable partner in ensuring the voices of AI/AN populations are heard by fostering collaboration at the community-level and policy action around health equity efforts that impact AI/AN populations.

The NPA: Five goals to take action on health equity

Speaker: CAPT Arlene Lester, DDS, MPH; Garth Graham, MD, MPH; Dr. Onyemaechi Nweke; Stacey Bohlen

Description: In this video, Dr. Onyemaechi Nweke defines health inequities and explains how the social determinants of health (SDoH) – the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age – impact health and health disparities.

Overview of the NPA: Taking action to achieve health equity

Speakers: Garth Graham, MD, MPH; Dr. Onyemaechi Nweke; CAPT Arlene Lester, DDS, MPH; Stacey Bohlen; Josie Rodriguez MS; Richard Mousseau; Victoria Huynh

Description: In this video, health policy leaders discuss the importance of health equity and describe how the NPA is helping to move the nation closer to it.

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