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NPA and RHECs highlighted in APHA's 'The Nation's Health'

posted Sep 5, 2018, 6:19 PM by daniel yoo
The work of the RHECs is featured in a special section of the September 2018 issue of the American Public Health Association's The Nation's Health. 

The issue features four articles that highlight the RHECs' work to advance health equity. Below are links and descriptions.

Cultural competency tool to be offered in five languages
The Southeastern Health Equity Council recently translated its Cultural Competency Resource Guide from English into four languages – Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese – and will release the new guides this year with the goal of curbing disparities in Southern communities.

North Carolina county advancing equity through collective impact tool
In Buncombe County, NC, public health workers are going upstream to tackle health disparities between black and white residents. To get there, local health workers are using the collective impact model, a health equity tool that helps leverage and create partnerships across sectors toward a common agenda. The tool is particularly apt at mobilizing action that is both sustainable and community-driven – two key factors when trying to impact social determinants that underlie health disparities.

New England region using data to drive health equity forward
The New England Regional Health Equity Council’s Equity Profile and Call to Action take a deep dive into the data, which reveals that even the healthiest states can be home to significant health disparities. The Equity Profile identified significant disparities across New England in both health outcomes and access to care.

Equity councils cross sectors to target roots of disparities: Partnerships elevate state, local work
This October in Washington, DC, representatives from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) will gather to discuss attracting more students into nursing. One of the main organizations behind the event is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council – one of 10 independent, cross-sector councils working to eliminate health disparities at the grassroots level.