Join the New England RHEC

The Mission of the New England Regional Health Equity Council is to achieve health equity where all people live, learn, work, and play through the integration of collective actions and resources of partners, community representatives, leaders, and stakeholders. The vision of NE RHEC is a region free of health inequities, resulting in the promotion of optimal health for all. The priority areas of which the New England RHEC is committed to address are to: 
  • Increase awareness about the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that improve health outcomes for the New England residents 
  • Promote the education, training and certification of community health workers 
  • Engage young and emerging leaders in region-wide efforts to promote health equity 
  • Promote awareness and implementation of the newly released CLAS Standards throughout the region 
Members of the New England RHEC are individuals from public (non-Federal employees) and private sectors who serve in a voluntary capacity with the willingness to engage in actions to advance health equity and/or improve healthy living standards for the nation’s most vulnerable populations. Members work or reside within the geography or community they represent and have engaged in relevant work on policies or programs that seek to eliminate health disparities and/or promote healthy living standards. Members represent one or more of the following areas and/or have knowledge of the issues faced by communities impacted by health disparities:

SECTOR / AREASTAKEHOLDERS
Communities & PopulationsRacial and Ethnic minorities, Children & Adolescents, Disability, LGBT, Military – Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, Veterans, Rural, Seniors, Tribes & Tribal communities, Urban, Youth, Immigrants and Refugees
Civic, Non-Profits & Community-Based OrganizationsFoundations, Shelters, Recreation, YMCAs, Senior Centers, Healthy 
Living Coalitions, Faith-based
EducationPre-K through 12, College and Universities
GeographicConnecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
GovernmentState/Tribal/Local Government Agencies, State/Tribal/Local Elected Officials, Public (non-Federal) Employees
Health & Human ServicesBehavioral Health, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Quality, Human Services, Mental Health, Oral Health
Health ProfessionalsAllied Health Professionals, Community Health Workers, Dentists, Environmental Health Professionals, Nurses, Public Health Professionals, Physicians, Interpreters, Psychologists, Alternative Medicine, Professional Associations, and Social Workers
Health SystemsHospitals, Hospital Associations, Insurance/Health Plans, Long-term Care, Home Care
LaborNA
MediaNA
Private (for-profit)Businesses, Employers, Associations, Pharmaceuticals
ResearchCommunities, Community-based Participatory Research Models, Academic Institutions, Academic Medical Centers, Private Associations
Social DeterminantsAgriculture/Nutrition, Economic Development, Employment, Environment, Housing, Justice, Transportation

NE RHEC Goals for 2016-17: 
  • Develop and disseminate the New England Health Equity Report Card 
  • Leverage CHW organizing efforts in New England, including CHW training and credentialing, by assisting in development and dissemination of materials detailing the role of CHWs in achieving health equity and reducing health disparities. 
  • Help support CHW workforce development sustainability efforts in each state in New England 
NE RHEC Committees:
  • Awareness/Communications Committee: 
    • Develops and/or disseminates communication frameworks and health equity messaging into resources relevant to multiple audiences both internal and external.
  • Leadership/Governance Committee:
    • Supports leadership development at all levels within the health system to help diversity governance boards of hospitals and health plans, and schools of workforce development.
    • Assesses the composition of the Council and identifies gaps in representation of stakeholder communities.
    • Develops member recruitment strategies and establishes processes to ensure adequate pipeline of stakeholder communities.
    • Establishes leadership and competency criteria for officers of the Council.
    • Manages nomination and election processes for officers and members. 
    • Ensures new members are equipped with the tools necessary to carry out the role and responsibilities of the Council. 
  • Data, Research and Evaluation Committee:
    • Maintains a list of the social determinants and the available data sets.
    • Develops and distributes set of questions to state health officers in each state.
    • Reviews the relationship of disparities in health equity to the Affordable Care Act.
    • Conducts research on available data sets.
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competency Committee:
    • Research, share with NE RHEC Board and deploy models for ensuring that young adults are savvy consumers of health care and public health through culturally and linguistically appropriate communication methodologies.
  • Youth Subcommittee:
    • Develop the NE RHEC infrastructure to include a youth committee which would lead development of an action plan related to youth/young adults specifically addressing PP ACA materials development and dissemination.
NE RHEC Membership: Membership positions are individual, not linked to specific organizations. Each individual, volunteer member serves for a term of three (3) years, and for no more than two (2) consecutive terms. After reaching the term limits, a member may be re-elected after a one (1) year hiatus from service. Towards accomplishing the goals and objectives of the NE RHEC, each member is expected to attend at least 3 out of 4 Council meetings each year (three via conference call and one in-person; currently travel expenses are provided) and to actively participate on at least one of the Council’s committees, which include: (1) Data Committee, (2) CHW Committee, (3) Youth Committee, and (4) Governance Committee.

NE RHEC Member Responsibilities: 
The responsibilities of the Council members, collectively, are to: 
  • provide leadership and expertise to drive a collaborative health equity agenda; 
  • ensure continuous engagement of all stakeholders to inform the activities and work of the Council; 
  • collaborate on projects of mutual benefit; 
  • document, monitor and assess progress to ensure accountability of the Council’s work; and 
  • foster sustainability of the SHEC and efforts to eliminate health disparities. 
Time Commitment: Attend four quarterly Council meetings per year: three via web/teleconference (2 hours) and one annual in-person meeting in September (two days). Currently OMH covers travel expenses to the annual meeting. 
  • Participate in committee teleconference meeting and activities, approximately 3 hours per month 
  • Promote awareness of RHEC and health equity issues in your professional and community activities whenever possible 
  • Support other Council members’ activities when possible 
How to Apply to Become a NE RHEC Member: We are currently accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in becoming a member of NE RHEC from the six states listed above. Individuals may submit an application online using the following link: http://region1.npa-rhec.org/get-involved/membership 

In addition to providing information about yourself and answering a few questions on the online application form, applicants must upload a current curriculum vita or resume.

Selection of New Members: 

Applications will be reviewed and considered based on the Council’s needs for filling member positions in the specific states, stakeholder groups, and areas of expertise listed above. 


Who to Contact for Questions or Further Information: 

Rodrigo Monterrey
Governance Co-Chair
Rodrigo.Monterrey@state.ma.us

Zach Dyer
Governance Co-Chair
dyer.zach@gmail.com