In the Spotlight

The Heartland RHEC Releases Fact Sheet on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

posted Jan 31, 2017, 2:09 PM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:56 AM ]

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 fact sheet below.

The Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (Heartland RHEC) Hosted a Heart Disease Disparities Webinar

posted Nov 29, 2016, 1:07 PM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:56 AM ]

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 webinar, speakers provided the following:
  1. An overview of the Region VII Heart Disease Disparities Report;
  2. Highlights from data experts regarding heart disease disparities among minority populations for each of the four states in Region VII;
  3. An overview of heart disease disparities data for Region VII; and
  4. Information for those interested in lowering heart disease rates among racial and ethnic populations in Region VII.

Heart Disease Disparities Webinar 11/17/16

Call for Membership Application for the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council

posted Jul 14, 2016, 10:33 AM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:56 AM ]

The deadline to submit an application to become a member of the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council is September 2, 2016. The Heartland Regional Health Equity Council is seeking energetic and proactive members from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. To submit your application, please click here.

Heartland RHEC Repository of CLAS Standards Training Materials

posted Jul 13, 2016, 11:11 AM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:57 AM ]

As part of its efforts to provide transcultural training for providers and health equity stakeholders, the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council’s CLAS Committee developed a CLAS Repository that contains training materials that include webinars and other resources. Please click here to view the CLAS Repository.

NPA Blog: Mapping Assets to Improve Community Health by Nikki Keene Woods

posted Jun 7, 2016, 10:56 AM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:57 AM ]

Nikki Keene Woods (Heartland Regional Health Equity Council) discusses how GIS mapping technology can be used to create community asset maps that reveal relationships and patterns in communities and to improve health equity by identifying the positive attributes in one area that can be replicated in other areas with a deficit. 

The Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) Releases an Environmental Scan Addendum Identifying Heart Disease Disparities among Different Population Groups in Region VII

posted Apr 29, 2016, 4:59 PM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:57 AM ]

Building on its 2014 Regional Environmental Scan, the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (Region VII) released an Addendum: Heart Disease Disparities Report, April 2016. The Heartland RHEC established heart disease as a priority area for 2015 because it is one of the leading causes of death for minority populations in the region, which comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The addendum provides an overview of demographics and heart disease disparities in these four states. It also identifies national and state initiatives promoting heart disease in Region VII, as well as provides readers next steps that can be taken to assist in combating heart disease.

NPA Blog: Achieving Health Equity and Longevity for Men in Communities of Color by Bobie Williams

posted Apr 26, 2016, 7:14 AM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:57 AM ]

Bobie Williams discusses the outreach efforts in the Men’s Health Program in the Health Promotion, Education and Marketing division of the St. Louis Department of Health and how they utilize a collective impact approach to successfully conduct community outreach. To view/download the full article please see below.

The Heartland RHEC: ACA Frequently Asked Questions for the General Public

posted Feb 18, 2016, 7:51 AM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:57 AM ]

The Heartland Regional Health Equity Council has released a new fact sheet, The Heartland RHEC: ACA Frequently Asked Questions for the General Public. The fact sheet is geared towards the general public and it addresses the types of coverage offered under the Affordable Care Act, including income guidelines, prevention services, coverage for individuals under the age of 26 with families and penalties incurred for not having coverage. The fact sheet also provides a glossary and link to accessing additional resources Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. To view/download the fact sheet, please see below.

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Heartland RHEC Releases Affordable Care Act Factsheet for Small Businesses

posted Oct 13, 2015, 9:11 AM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 8, 2016, 2:21 PM ]

The Heartland RHEC is pleased to release a new factsheet, Health Insurance FAQs for Small Business Owners in the Heartland. This factsheet covers questions that many small businesses owners have regarding coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as a glossary of common terms. The RHEC has also included resources for each state in the Heartland RHEC footprint, which includes Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. Please feel free to download the factsheet below and share it with any small businesses that might have questions regarding the ACA!

Recording for the July 16 Webinar, "Health Disparities in the Heartland: A Review of Data" Now Available!

posted Aug 13, 2015, 2:03 PM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:58 AM ]

On July 16, 2015, the Heartland RHEC hosted an online learning session on the health status of the heartland, titled Health Disparities in the Heartland: A Review of Data. Presenters included Gwendolyn Grant, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, and Josie Rodriguez, Administrator of the Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The recording of the webinar is available here.

Gwendolyn Grant provided an overview of the landmark Urban League of Kansas City’s 2015 State of Black Kansas City Report, which starkly illustrates the equity gaps between blacks and whites, and Hispanics and non-white Hispanics, in health, economics, education, social justice and civic engagement in the Greater Kansas City area. Racial and ethnic disparities were most notable in the social justice and economic spheres, where key metrics included data on average prison sentences, murder victimization rates, search and arrest rates, as well as median household income, net worth, poverty rates, and homeownership rates.

Josie Rodriguez spoke about the Nebraska Health Disparities Report: Working toward a Healthier State, which compared the socioeconomic and health status of Asian-American, African-American, American Indian, and Hispanic populations to white Americans in the state of Nebraska. According to data presented in the webinar, moderate progress was made in meeting Nebraska’s Healthy People 2010 objectives, in areas such as infant mortality, physical activity, smoking, nutrition, and heart disease; that said, the data points to ongoing challenges with diabetes, obesity, cholesterol, mammograms, heart disease, teen birth, prenatal care and years lost to homicide.

Presenters concluded the webinar by encouraging participants to use this data to spearhead equity work that will shrink regional disparities across several key domains: economics, health, education and social justice. Of the 85 participants, 91 percent reported that the webinar improved their understanding of these two reports, and 82 percent agreed that they would be able to apply information from the webinar in their work.

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