April 2017: National Minority Health Month - #NMHM17 

Despite improvements in public health, minority populations are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy; more likely to suffer from serious illnesses, such as diabetes or heart disease; and less likely to have access to quality health care. 

During NMHM, the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) invites you to join us as we discuss strategies for promoting health equity in our communities. Health equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people. 

The NPA is a community-driven, cross-sector and partnership-based movement that promotes health equity and the elimination of health and healthcare disparities at the federal, regional, state, tribal and local level. 

The theme for NMHM17 is “Bridging Health Equity Across Communities”

Register for the latest RHEC Webinar:

Mountain States RHEC’s Native American Cultural Competency Webinar Series:
Cultural Sensitivity When Collecting Sensitive Data
Date: April 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time

Mid-Atlantic States RHEC’s Increasing Health Equity Webinar:
The National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda
Date: April 26, 2017 
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

SHEC’s Cultural Competency Resource Guide Spotlight Webinar Series:
Applying A Cultural Competency Lens to Human Trafficking
Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

  • The theme for National Minority Health Month 2017 is Building Health Equity Across Communities. 
  • To celebrate #NMHM17, we encourage our partners, community leaders and stakeholders to work together and implement programs that move the nation closer to health equity. 
  • The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) is a national movement established to address poor health outcomes and move the nation towards health equity. 
  • The mission of the NPA is to increase the effectiveness of programs that promote health equity through the coordination of partners, leaders, and stakeholders committed to action. 
  • The NPA has 5 goals: 
    • Increase awareness of poor health outcomes, the actions necessary to eliminate them and their impact on the nation; 
    • Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing obstacles to good health at all levels; 
    • Improve health system and life experiences as a means for improving the health of racial, ethnic, and underserved populations and communities; 
    • Enhance cultural and linguistic competency; and 
    • Improve coordination and use of research and data 
  • The NPA relies on partners from the federal, regional, state, tribal and local levels that work across sectors to promote health equity and address the social determinants of health. Federal partnerships are led by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team and regional partnerships are led by ten Regional Health Equity Councils
  • Members of the FIHET are representatives of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the federal departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 
  • The RHECs are comprised of leaders from various sectors including health care, education, transportation, technology, and business who serve as catalysts for health equity. 
For additional information visit https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa/Default.aspx


Health equity is when all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives. Achieving health equity involves an underlying commitment to reduce—and, ultimately, eliminate—disparities in health and in its determinants, including social determinants. It is important to address health equity in its broadest terms and in a meaningful way to confront the social determinants at the root of poor health and engaging the health officials, policy-makes, researcher who are well positioned to drive change. 

As part of its efforts to educate and to enhanced the understanding of health equity and health disparities, the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council’s Health Equity Committee developed a Health Equity Resource Guide that contains articles, publications, training materials that include webinars and other resources aimed at facilitating change. 

View/download the Health Equity Resource Guide 


  • The @Southwest Regional Health Equity Council Blueprint identifies the growing racial and ethnic diversity of our people and the issue of health literacy in the region. Download the Blueprint: http://region6.npa-rhec.org/in-the-spotlight/blueprint
  • Learn about social determinants of health & how to decrease health disparities in your community http://tinyurl.com/ov7xece #Im4HealthEquity
  • Download the @Southwest Regional Health Equity Council Blueprint for Action to learn how the findings provide a better understanding of immigrant population needs, particularly in the areas of health literacy, preventive health education, family influence on health and more! http://region6.npa-rhec.org/in-the-spotlight/blueprint

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This year, the NPA is providng you with a variety of graphics that you can download and share on your social networks! 
You can add your logo to the graphic by using a program such as Adobe Photoshop to add your logo.  

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