New England RHEC (NERHEC) Hosted a Webinar on Rhode Island's Approach to Youth Workforce Development

posted Dec 20, 2016, 9:52 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 12:13 PM ]

NERHEC hosted a webinar for The Social & Health Services and Healthcare Administration at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island to present its Community Development Program. The program provides a lens by which graduates can apply coursework and academic experiences to a variety of fields for employment (and/or for continuing their studies) in non-profit organizations, public health, finance and banking, law and law enforcement, real estate and housing development, city and state government, policy research, environmental justice, and education.

View the webinar: http://tinyurl.com/YouthWebRHECI

New England RHEC (Region I) Report Sets Baseline on Health Disparities in Region, Highlights the Plight of Disabled Population by Dr. Charles Drum

posted May 17, 2016, 5:44 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:21 PM ]

In its recent Health Equity Profile and Call to Action, the New England Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) called for leaders and stakeholders in the region—with its growing racial and ethnic diversity—to collaborate on tackling inequities before they grow more dramatic. Our first-of-its kind report, which documents the prevalence of health disparities experienced by adult racial and ethnic minorities and adults with disabilities, provides a regional and state-by-state snapshot of health inequities. In essence, the reports identifies a problem in New England and provides a strong case to address the challenging issue of health disparities by recommending regional leaders work collaboratively to address underlying issues. Ideally, I would like to see a regional health equity summit take place. To view/download the full article please see below.

From the Ground Up: Rhode Island Officials Highlight the State’s Health Equity Zones

posted May 3, 2016, 1:39 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:21 PM ]

Recently, the NPA’s Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) Equity in All Policies Series and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) cohosted a webinar titled, Rhode Island Health Equity Zones, which described innovative strategies implemented by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RI DOH) to eliminate health disparities. Check out the article highlighting the state’s approach.  

New England RHEC Releases Regional Health Equity Report & Call to Action

posted Mar 1, 2016, 5:32 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:21 PM ]

The New England Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) on February 29, 2016, released a first-of-its-kind Health Equity Profile & Call to Action that provides a snapshot of the health disparities that exist in the six New England states and how the region fares on a host of other important factors that impact health. The report found that racial, ethnic and disability populations in the region have significantly lower rates of health insurance coverage, receive fewer preventive health services, smoke at higher rates and have less access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity as compared to whites and non-disability populations. In its report, the New England RHEC called for greater dialog and collaboration among the region’s leaders and stakeholders to address health disparities. Please click on the press release and report to learn more.

New England RHEC Releases Community Health Worker Factsheet

posted May 12, 2015, 1:15 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:21 PM ]

The New England RHEC has developed a factsheet, Advancing Health Equity with Community Health Workers, to introduce Community Health Workers (CHWs), the essential roles they play in advancing health equity, and examples of their effectiveness. This factsheet also highlights New England-specific information, including a collaboration with the New England CHW Coalition. Download the factsheet below. For additional resources on CHWs, please click here

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Community Health Workers (CHWs): Part of the Solution for Advancing Health Equity; Perspectives and Initiatives from Region I Webinar

posted Sep 11, 2014, 12:12 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:22 PM ]

On August 5, 145 participants attended the New England RHEC hosted a webinar on “Community Health Workers (CHWs): Part of the Solution for Advancing Health Equity; Perspectives and Initiatives from Region I.” The webinar was hosted in partnership with the Association for State and Territorial Heath Officials (ASTHO). Presentations highlighted promising practices from the two decades of CHW workforce development in the New England states, and state level partnerships and collaborations. Recommendations were provided to the regional leaders for employing these practices throughout the nation.

Speakers focused on the critical role of CHWs in advancing health equity, examining the CHW workforce development models implemented in Massachusetts in Maine. Presenters included New England RHEC members Durrell J. Fox, Director of Minority AIDS Initiative at the New England AIDS Education and Training Center and Barbara Ginley, Project Director of the Maine Community Health Workers Initiative. They were joined by CHW Workforce Consultant Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox and Geoff Wilkinson, Associate Professor of the Macro Social Work Department at Boston University’s School of Social Work.

A recording of the webinar can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udW_KAD-bYA.

New England RHEC Intern Spotlight: Toddchelle Young

posted May 19, 2014, 5:22 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:22 PM ]

The New England RHEC would like to congratulate their departing intern, Toddchelle Young, who received her Masters of Public Health degree from Columbia University this spring. A recent article in the New Haven Independent documents her journey to achieving this milestone. In addition to cultivating a youth component and social media strategy for the New England RHEC, Ms. Young has been working on her degree full-time while providing for her family. Her career aspiration is to graduate from medical school as a public health doctor focusing on preventive care for minority patients.

Toddchelle Young has conquered formidable obstacles in order to pursue this dream while supporting her family through homelessness, depression, and lifelong debilitating disease. Raised in the New Haven housing projects, Toddchelle recognized that minorities in her community had higher rates of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and asthma, than their white counterparts in wealthier neighboring communities. “My experience in New Haven has informed every single thing that I’ve done,” explains Ms. Young.

To read Toddchelle Young’s full story in the New Haven Independent, please click here.

The Affordable Care Act Resource Kit

posted Feb 21, 2014, 2:44 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:22 PM ]

The Affordable Care Act Resource Kit has been developed to guide activities that will improve opportunities for health care access and coverage as part of efforts by the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The main audience for this Kit is NPA partners, Regional Health Equity Councils, and other affiliate organizations interested in conducting ACA outreach and facilitating enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Kit provides basic information and a directory of links to resources that may be referenced or distributed during conferences, trainings, project planning and community events.

The NPA Fall 2013 Newsletter

posted Feb 13, 2014, 8:40 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:22 PM ]

The New England RHEC has been actively promoting health equity throughout the region. Learn more about our activities and find out what's been happening across the country in the NPA Fall 2013 Newsletter.

RHEC and New England Regional Minority Health Coalition (NERMHC) host joint meeting

posted Oct 29, 2013, 12:41 PM by Jordan Casanas   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:22 PM by Tech Support ]

On May 15, 2013, the RHEC hosted a joint meeting with the New England Regional Minority Health Coalition (NERMHC) to discuss the history of health equity work in the region and identify next steps and oppurtunities for collaboration.

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