Region VII - Heartland Regional Health Equity Council

Mission: To increase the collective leadership actions to promote health equity in the communities where we live, work, play, learn and worship. This will be accomplished through the creation, promotion and integration of policies and programs to eliminate health inequities and coordination of partners and stakeholders committed to action within Region VII.

Vision: A nation free of inequities in health and health care. 

Priority Area # 1 - Health Equity

To identify the health equity needs and priorities in Region VII and develop resources/tools to address these needs.

Phase I:
    • Pilot health equity survey to RHEC member organizations
    • Conduct data analysis and develop summary of findings
    • Develop dissemination plan and share data findings with RHEC VII Data Committee
    • Revise survey as needed
Phase II:
    • Administer revised health equity survey to a broader group of key stakeholders in Region VII, including NPA partners
    • Conduct data analysis and develop summary, including executive summary and info-graphics
    • Develop dissemination plan and share findings with all RHEC VII and broader community
Phase III:
    • Conduct research of other toolkits for examples and recommendations
    • Identify and build out toolkit framework
    • Create draft health equity toolkit
    • Share draft health equity toolkit with RHEC VII Council and revise as needed
    • Develop dissemination plan for toolkit
    • Finalize and disseminate health equity toolkit
    • Develop other toolkits using process developed as needed (based off survey data)
Priority Area #2 – Partnership Development

To optimize current RHEC MOU partnerships established in 2016 in activities as well invite and include them as part of agenda on at least two (2) Partnership Committee Calls for feedback, ideas and engagement.
  • Identify, develop and expand (3-5) new MOU partnerships via shared mission, vision, core values and key focus areas.
  • Leverage current and future focus MOU partnerships for shared collaborations, resources and initiatives of work within 2017 via
  • white papers, webinars, links to information/studies, best practices and research tools, events and the like.
Priority Area 3 # - Data Development

Improve data availability and coordination, utilization, and diffusion of research and evaluation outcomes
  • Present and disseminate Region VII Health Equity Council Heart Disparities Report to various stakeholders and partners
    • Identify target audiences
    • Create documents that can be used to standardize talking points, inform key stakeholders and to create and leverage partnerships. 
    • Create both state and regional fact sheets.
  • Create and leverage partnerships
    • Work with Partnership committee to identify potential partners
    • Identify stakeholder groups with overlapping interests – work together through workshops and conferences to share information.
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Publications & Resources

Recent Announcements

  • Heartland Regional Health Council (RHEC VII) Signs MOU With The HRSA Region VII Midwestern Public Health Training Center A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between RHEC VII and the HRSA Region VII Midwestern Public Health Training Center (Region VII MPHTC) at the University of Iowa College of Public Health ...
    Posted May 31, 2017, 11:40 AM by Tech Support
  • Heartland RHEC Releases Health Equity Resource Guide As part of its efforts to educate and to enhanced the understanding of health equity and health disparities, the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council’s Health Equity Committee developed a ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2017, 10:13 AM by Tech Support
  • The Heartland RHEC Releases Fact Sheet on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) The Heartland RHEC shares data on the impact of the ACA on minority populations, the National Health Service Corps and also touches on navigators and financial assistance. View/download the ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2017, 5:56 AM by Tech Support
  • The Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (Heartland RHEC) Hosted a Heart Disease Disparities Webinar The Heartland RHEC hosted the webinar on Nov. 17, 2016 to inform stakeholders about heart disease disparities in Region VII. Region VII encompasses Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. During this ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2017, 5:56 AM by Tech Support
  • Call for Membership Application for the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council The deadline to submit an application to become a member of the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council is October 9, 2016. The Heartland Regional Health Equity Council is seeking energetic ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2017, 6:28 AM by Tech Support
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