NPA Digital Stories

The NPA Digital Stories are a collection of videos that feature 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 why the NPA is critical. Speakers also discuss factors that contribute to health disparities and efforts to achieve health equity in the U.S. The NPA Digital Stories are an important resource for the NPA as they provide the public with a platform to learn from leaders about why addressing disparities is important and how the NPA helps to achieve health equity. Below are the NPA Digital Stories listed in chronological order with speaker and descriptions included. 

 
Why culturally and linguistically appropriate services matter
In this video, public health professionals share insight and stories that illustrate why culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) matter in improving health care 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 Standards for CLAS as a priority for action on health disparities.


Speakers:

O:01
Elizabeth A. Jacobs, MD, MAPP
Associate Vice Chair of Health Services Research
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

0:04
Cornelia E. Brown, PhD
Founder and Executive Director
MAMI Interpreters of Central New York

0:44
Gail Price-Wise, MS
Florida Center for Cultural Competence, Inc.

1:45
Wilma Alvarado-Little MA, MSW
Community Outreach Director, Center for Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
University at Albany, SUNY

2:20
Julia Puebla Fortier
Executive Director, DiversityRx

2:57
Cindy Brach, MPP
Senior Health Policy Researcher
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

3:47
Marjory A. Bancroft, MA
Director
Cross-Cultural Communications

5:07
Su Lien Miller, MA
Interpreter Quality Assurance Manager
MAMI Interpreters of Central New York

5:33
Gregory Figaro
President and CEO
CultureSmart (Boston, MA)

5:56
Cynthia E. Roat, MPH
National Consultant
Language Access in Health Care and Patient Navigation 


The NPA: Setting goals to move the nation closer to health equity 
In the video, CAPT Arlene Lester explains why we should care about health equity and how the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) helps to set goals that can help to move the nation closer to health equity. 


Speaker:

CAPT Arlene Lester, DDS, MPH
Regional Minority Health Consultant (Region IV)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


The NPA: Starting a national conversation for action on health equity
Dr. Garth Graham, MD, MPH, 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 and under his leadership, guided the development of the NPA.

Speaker:

Garth Graham, MD, MPH
President, Aetna Foundation
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


The NPA: Mobilizing partnerships for action on health disparities
In this video, Cheryl Boyce describes how the NPA has mobilized people at community levels throughout the whole 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. 


Speaker:

Cheryl Boyce
Former Director
Ohio Commission on Minority Health 


The NPA and Community Health Workers: taking action to improve the health of tribes in the Great Plains 
In this video, Richard Mousseau describes how access to adequate and timely healthcare services often challenges tribal members that reside in the Great Plains and contributes higher rates of chronic diseases. Mr. Mousseau discusses how the goals of the NPA help to improve the health of tribal members, including 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. 


Speaker:

Richard Mousseau
Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board
Member, Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VIII) 


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

Speaker:

Victoria Huynh
Vice President of Social Services and Advocacy
Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS)
Member, Southeastern Health Equity Council (RHEC IV) 


The NPA is an Invaluable Partner for American Indians/Alaska Natives
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. 


Speaker:

Stacey Bohlen
Executive Director National Indian Health Board


The NPA: Five goals to take action on health equity
In this video, leaders describe the five goals of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). 


Speaker:

0:08
CAPT Arlene Lester, DDS, MPH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

0:16
Garth Graham, MD, MPH
President, Aetna Foundation
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

0:24
Dr. Onyemaechi Nweke
Former NPA Lead
Co-Chair, Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET)

0:38
Stacey Bohlen
Executive Director
National Indian Health Board

0:58
Cheryl Boyce
Former Director
Ohio Commission on Minority Health 


Social Determinants of Health and the NPA’s action to address them
In this video, Dr. Onyemaechi Nweke defines health inequities and explains how the social determinants of health (SDH) – the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age – impact health and health disparities. She also discusses how the NPA is a platform to take action on the SDH. 


Speaker:

0:08
Dr. Onyemaechi Nweke
Physical Scientist, Office of Environmental Justice at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Former NPA Lead 


Overview of the NPA: taking action to achieve health equity
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.


Speaker:

0:33
Garth Graham, MD, MPH
President, Aetna Foundation
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

0:46
Dr. Onyemaechi Nweke
Former NPA Lead
Co-Chair, Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET)

1:10
CAPT Arlene Lester, DDS, MPH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

1:18
Stacey Bohlen
Executive Director
National Indian Health Board

1:37
Josie Rodriguez MS
Administrator, Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Member, Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VII)

1:53
Richard Mousseau
Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board
Member, Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VIII)

2:07
Victoria Huynh
Vice President of Social Services and Advocacy
Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS)
Member, Southeastern Health Equity Council (RHEC IV)