Regional Health Equity Councils

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.

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.