New England Regional Health Equity Council: Council Members

The Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs) are independent non-governmental organizations located in ten regions of the country. Each council comprises leaders and stakeholders from both non-federal public and private sectors from within that region. Examples of sectors represented on the RHEC include academia, community based organizations, health systems, health insurers, state legislators, faith-based organizations, foundations, state government organizations, etc.

The RHECs' primary role is to initiate action to implement the goals of the NPA and therefore, advance the agenda to eliminate health disparities from the grassroots. The RHECs have been established to:
  • Identify key regional health inequity issues and drivers, and advance a responsive agenda.
  • Use the collective power of organizations represented on the RHECs to derive models for and promote cross-sector collaboration.
  • Initiate new and support existing regional policies and action to eliminate health disparities.
  • Leverage opportunities available through organizations and sectors represented on the council to address health disparities.
  • Convene regional stakeholders and partners to address regional health disparities issues.

Council Members

Rodrigo Monterrey - Acting Director, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity (RHEC Co-Chair and Governance Committee Co-Chair)
Angela Ankoma Chief, Rhode Island Department of Health (RHEC Co-Chair)

Nathalie Ahyi Director, New Hampshire Health and Equity Partnership 
Chris Chanyasulkit Human Services Specialist, Brookline Department of Public Health (Communications Co-Chair)
Charles E. Drum Director & Professor of Health Management and Policy, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire (Data Committee Co-Chair)
Christine F. Dyke - Program Coordinator, Health Coaches/Peer Leadership Program Coordinator, Community Health Workers, Community Health Improvement, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Zach S. Dyer Deputy Director, Worcestor Division of Health (Governance Committee Co-Chair)
Durrell Fox Health Equity Consultant, JSI Research and Training Institute, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (CHW Committee Co-Chair)
Martha Friedman - Refugee Health and Health Equity Coordinator, Office of Minority Health Vermont Department of Health
Ralph Fuccillio President, DentaQuest Foundation
Anisha GillHealth Equity Program Coordinator, Rhode Island DOH
Barbara Ginley Chief Technical Officer, Maine CHW Initiative, The Maine Migrant Health Program (CHW Committee Co-Chair)
Linda B. Hudson Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine / Vice Chair, NEAC NAACP Health Advocacy Committee
Taino J. Palermo - Program Director, Community Development Interim Program Director, Social & Health Services and Healthcare Administration, Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies (Youth Committee Co-Chair)
Albert Pless - Program Manager, Men’s Health League, Cambridge Public Health Department (Youth Committee Co-Chair)
Wayne Rawlins Vice President and Senior Medical Director of Healthcare ServicesConnectiCare, Inc. & Affiliates
Dianne (Dannie) Ritchie Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Brown University Center for Primary Care and Prevention
Michele Stewart-Copes - CEO, SEET Consultants, LLC 
Kristin Sullivan - Manager, Public Health Systems Improvement Connecticut Department of Public Health
Trinidad Tellez Director of Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services 
Peter Wilner - Principal, PMW Consulting (Data Committee Co-Chair)
Emily Wilson - Instructor of Public Health & Pre-Health Programs Advising Coordinator, MCPHS University & Simmons College (Communications Co-Chair)