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National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) Blog: Fostering Partnerships to Advance Health Equity Across the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VII)

posted Jun 27, 2018, 1:43 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 1:52 PM ]

An Interview with RHEC VII’s Partnership Committee Co-Chair, Janelle Ali-Dinar, PhD

Introduction: The Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VII) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Region VII Midwestern Public Health Training Center (Region VII MPHTC) to advance health equity across the region. RHEC VII is one of 10 regional health equity councils (RHEC) formed in 2011 as part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). With 30 volunteer members from various sectors, RHEC VII encompasses Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. In this blog post, we interview Dr. Janelle Ali-Dinar, PhD, who co-chairs RHEC VII’s Partnership Committee about the committee and the MOU. We discuss why and how this partnership was developed and what the partners hope to achieve.

Biography: Dr. Ali-Dinar, PhD, serves on the Nebraska Department of Health Human Services (DHHS) Minority Health Council , the Nebraska Preventive Health Advisory Committee, and co-chairs RHEC VII’s Partnership Committee.

1. Please tell us more about RHEC VII’s Partnership Committee.
RHEC VII wants our work to set the tone for the nation in developing healthier communities, especially for our most vulnerable populations. The primary task of the Partnership Committee is to identify and collaborate with local organizations outside of council representation who would like to “co-grow” work to advance health equity in the region. We partner with organizations focused on our priority areas, including chronic diseases, data collection, innovation care models, population health solutions, leadership, workforce, and recruitment/professional development. To formalize partnerships, we have developed MOUs with local academic and training institutions—agreements outlining terms of understanding for action that include each party’s responsibilities. Other organizations can use MOUs to advance and formalize community-academic partnerships to address health disparities in their own regions.

2. Can you discuss the impetus for partnership with the Region VII Midwestern Public Health Training Center (MPHTC)? What do you aim to accomplish?
Building the capacity of the public health workforce across our region will be critical to advancing health equity; with that in mind, the MOU with the Region VII MPHTC was born. The overall goal of the Region VII MPHTC is to ensure the current and emerging public health workforce has the capacity to address current and future public health challenges. Many of RHEC VII’s council members graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health – Great Plains Leadership Institute, which receives support from the MPTHC. An MOU with the center seemed like a natural fit. With Region VII MPHTC, we aim to support health equity through workforce development activities for public health and healthcare practitioners.

3. Please tell us how you are leveraging this partnership for shared collaborations, resources, and initiatives of work.
Together, RHEC VII and the Region VII MPHTC are building resources and capacity to complement one another in connections and advancement of opportunities related to public health initiatives. For instance, the RHEC VII Partnership Committee serves on the 2017 Regional Steering Committee and the MPHTC Diabetes Training and Education Advisory Committee. Within the library of the Region VII MPHTC, RHEC VII hosts quarterly webinars on chronic diseases and models of health care and services for our communities. Our webinars have a wide national audience that includes professionals from a range of fields, including health care, public health, academia, research, and nonprofit and other community organizations. Webinar topics have focused on diabetes management; community health workers (CHWs), liaison work between primary care providers and tribal nations; and diabetes care models and initiatives. Through our partnership, we also provide speakers and experts for conferences, such as the Iowa Health Summit keynote on diabetes models of care for innovation and reimbursement optimization. We have received appreciation of our work together thus far and look forward to collaborating on additional opportunities. As Co-chair of the RHEC VII’s Partnership Committee, I am grateful for all of our great work being done together with the Region VII MPHTC.  

ASTHO Webinar: Integrating Health Equity into Funding Opportunity Announcements

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:15 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 7:16 AM ]

Date: Tuesday, February 20 
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m. EST 

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the HHS Office of Minority Health, will host a webinar for public health professionals involved in programming to advance health equity or in the grant-making process based on its guide for integrating health equity language into funding announcements. 

Objectives for this webinar are to: 
  • Describe federal leadership on state/regional health equity initiatives; 
  • Provide specific examples of how a state health agency has incorporated health equity language into its funding announcements; and 
  • Describe the new tool for health equity developed by ASTHO and the HHS Office of Minority Health. 
For more information and to register: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=ld5wli570ckc&campaign=3214jsngdwuc

MOA: Heartland RHEC and Wichita State University College of Health Professions

posted Jan 9, 2018, 12:11 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 12:27 PM ]

Heartland RHEC and the Wichita State University College of Health Professions have executed a memorandum of affiliation (MOA) with the goal of developing and implementing experiential, health equity-related activities for WSU CHP students that support the RHECs efforts in Region VII.

Read the MOA below for more details.

Abstracts Sought by January 12 for Atlanta BRFSS Training Workshop

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:50 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 9:50 AM ]

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Conference Committee is encouraging the submission of abstracts for a presentation or poster for the BRFSS Training Workshop, April 9–13 in Atlanta, Georgia. The submission deadline is Friday, January 12. Notifications of accepted presentations will be sent by Friday, February 16. 

Click on the link below for additional information and abstract guidelines. This is a great opportunity to increase the visibility of the great work that you are doing. 

https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/factsheets/pdf/CallforAbstractsCleared4WebPg.pdf

Heartland Regional Health Council (RHEC VII) Signs MOU With The HRSA Region VII Midwestern Public Health Training Center

posted May 31, 2017, 11:40 AM by Tech Support   [ updated May 31, 2017, 11:40 AM ]

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 was recently signed. The goal of the collaboration is to address health disparities across Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska).

The Region VII MPHTC, is one of ten regional public health training centers, 39 local performance sites and a national coordinating center all funded by the HRSA. The overall goal of the Region VII MPHTC is to ensure the current and emerging public health workforce has the knowledge, skills and abilities to address the public health challenges of the 21st Century.

The collaboration will center around identifying workforce training and education needs and developing and implementing strategies to address the needs in Region VII.

Read the MOU for more details below

Heartland RHEC Releases Health Equity Resource Guide

posted Apr 4, 2017, 9:39 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 10:13 AM ]

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 Health Equity Resource Guide that contains articles, publications, training materials that include webinars and other resources aimed at facilitating change.


Download/view from below.

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

posted Jan 31, 2017, 2:09 PM by Tech Support   [ 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 Tech Support   [ 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 Tech Support   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 6:28 AM ]

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 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 Tech Support   [ 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.

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