NPA National and Regional Partnerships Established FY2012-Present

National Partnerships


The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) collaborated with the NPA to identify ways state health department chronic disease programs could better address health disparities and promote health equity through existing programs. NACDD staff developed and administered a health equity assessment to NACDD members in June 2015. The assessment was designed to assess current funding for and work in health equity, current data collection and analysis, and interest in new data topics, current training, and additional health equity training; the full results of the assessment will be made available during 2016.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) constructed a training curriculum on how to undertake a strategic planning process that encompasses health equity and social determinants of health and that would also meet the standards for public health accreditation. NIHB has initiated development of a training curriculum that incorporates those criteria. NIHB has delivered capacity-building assistance on strategic planning to tribal health stakeholders and tribal health officials in the form of tailored, one-on-one and group-based capacity-building support to assist with the development of a comprehensive strategic plan that incorporates social determinants of health and health equity.
  National Conference of State Legislatures

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has worked to educate state legislators and legislative staff about the importance of improving the health of minority populations and about changes in Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and other laws and programs and their implications for minority communities. NCSL has developed an online, user-friendly legislative tracking system for bills that, if enacted into law, would impact health disparities; provided access to electronic resources for state legislators and legislative staff on the topic of disparities in health for minority populations; and hosted webinars and drafted publications to educate and increase awareness of health disparities and health equity.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has worked to integrate a focus on health disparities and health equity into the organization’s goals, policies, and practices. The actions and accomplishments of this work include: providing access to electronic resources on health equity, including past ASTHO publications and resources as well as publications and resources from other organizations; hosting webinars and drafting publications to educate and increase awareness of health disparities and health equity; and conducting surveys of state and territorial health officials to provide a complete and accurate picture of the infrastructure in state health agencies to decrease health disparities. In 2016, ASTHO launched the 2016 President’s Challenge: Advance Health Equity and Optimal Health for All, which sought to empower state and territorial health agencies to take up three objectives of the Triple Aim of Health Equity through channels such as policy development, cross-sector collaboration, and program implementation.
During 2013 and 2014, the FIHET’s yNPA (Youth NPA) Workgroup collaborated with representatives from Stanford University to review the Public Health Advocacy Curriculum and selected it as a youth curriculum to be used as part of the yNPA. University staff worked with the yNPA to identify partners and connected them to the Public Health Advocacy Curriculum in an effort to increase the pool of potential users and increase Stanford’s reach among NPA partners. They worked with the RHECs to implement the curriculum and obtain feedback on how it could be adapted for different audiences.

Morehouse School of Medicine offered training in the Public Health Advocacy Curriculum to undergraduate and master's level students.

Marshall University offered training in the Public Health Advocacy Curriculum to 19 students in the institution's Upward Bound academic programs.

In 2016, OMH developed an MOU with DentaQuest to create a youth health disparities training program for students participating in DentaQuest’s pipeline programs. The training program is to be developed and piloted during 2017 and will be grounded in the Public Health Advocacy Curriculum.
In 2015, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) integrated health equity in programs and policies at the state, tribal, and territorial levels. As part of this work, ASTHO began to work with the Office of Health Equity within the Connecticut Department of Public Health to develop a health equity strategic plan for the entire department, a process that had been underway for several years within the department.

Regional Partnerships



The Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. serves as the fiscal agent for RHEC I.

RHEC I and the New England Community Health Worker Coalition, an initiative of Massachusetts Community Health Workers, co-hosted a summit during the RHEC’s NPA-sponsored Annual Review and Planning Session in March 2016 to identify emerging opportunities for collaboration between the RHEC and the CHW Coalition.

Central Connecticut State Universitythe Connecticut Youth chapter of the NAACPNew Brittain High School and 
Spottswood AME Zion Church,
These entities partnered with RHEC I to develop and deliver a youth development program to increase participants’ understanding of and commitment to addressing health disparities using the Public Health Advocacy Curriculum.

The Mid-Atlantic Community Health Center Association serves as the fiscal agent for RHEC III.

RHEC III and Howard University partnered to plan and implement the HBCU Summit, September 14-16, 2015.

RHEC IV serves as an advisory body for food financing initiative activities in the region.

A representative from RHEC IV will serve as liaison to a consortium created for the grant that will focus on regional community engagement and research activities, with a strong focus on reducing health disparities.
 http://uwf.eduThe University of West Florida (UWF) Marketing Department provided interns and students to support RHEC IV marketing and social media activities.

The Mississippi Rural Health Association serves as the fiscal agent for RHEC IV. 

With financial support provided by DentaQuest, the Oral Health Needs Index Project is designed to demonstrate the relationship between oral health and systemic health, overlay those variables in the context of equity and systemic justice, and develop and disseminate tools that communities and organizations can use for policy work. The OHNI will be an interactive tool for assessing barriers that combines an Education Needs Index with a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based model that was developed to assess community vulnerability to extreme weather events.

Public Health Foundation Enterprises will serve as the fiscal agent for RHEC IX. 

RHEC V and the listed organizations collaborated to organize the Region 5 CHW Summit during October 2015 "to increase awareness/ knowledge about the value of CHWs and how to effectively integrate CHWs into the healthcare and social services delivery systems.”

Midwestern Public Health Training Center ­  

RHEC VII and the Midwestern Public Health Training Center will work together to identify priority workforce training and education needs, and to develop and implement strategies to promote trainings and resources to target audiences in Region VII.

RHEC VII and the National Rural Health Association will work together to address healthcare barriers and lack of access to services for patients and underserved communities.

RHEC VII and Wichita State University (WSU) have collaborated to make experiential learning activities and opportunities available to students in WSU’s College of Health Professions.

ADEA will work with the Cross-RHEC Oral Health Workgroup to complete planned oral health equity projects.