Join the Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council

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The Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC III) is seeking new members to fill one or more vacancies in each of the six states in our region: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. These states encompass the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region III.

We are currently seeking committed and dedicated individuals to serve on RHEC III. In particular, we are seeking energetic and proactive members whose work and expertise fall under specific sectors, such as:
  • Private/for-profit organizations, such as labor unions, businesses, and Chambers of Commerce 
  • Community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and nonprofit agencies 
  • Educational institutions such as colleges and universities 
  • Local government and civic organizations 
  • Organizations representing the LGBTQ population, rural sector, and veterans 
  • Students/young professionals (graduates and undergraduates with an interest in public health) 
  • Health professions, such as community health workers, public health, and allied health professionals 
  • Healthcare systems and medical associations 
  • Media and communications, such as radio, newspaper, television, and social media outlets 
  • Nonprofit fundraising and organizational development 
Description of RHEC III

RHEC III plays a critical role in coordinating and enhancing state and local efforts to address health disparities and the social determinants of health at the regional level. More information about the Council, including the current work being undertaken, can be found at: http://region3.npa-rhec.org/.

RHEC III is one of 10 regional councils formed in 2011 as a part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is the first national multi-sector community- and partnership-driven effort on behalf of health equity and was spearheaded by the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH). While affiliated with OMH in terms of aligning strategies and receiving technical assistance, RHEC III and the other regional councils are independent entities that are separate from OMH and the federal government.

RHEC III is a voluntary, not-for-profit association with proportional representation from each state. The Council brings together leaders from diverse backgrounds, including healthcare providers, healthcare-focused organizations, academia, public health agencies, economic development, faith-based organizations, grassroots organizations, other nonprofit organizations, and the business sector to reinforce the need for multi-sector linkages as a key strategy for ending health disparities in America. Council members work or reside within the geographic area or community they represent and have engaged in relevant work on policies or programs that seek to eliminate health disparities and/or promote healthy living standards.

Mid-Atlantic RHEC Vision
A nation achieving the highest level of health for everyone by eliminating health disparities and working toward health equity.

Mid-Atlantic RHEC Mission
To increase health equity through the elimination of health disparities and address the social determinants of health by influencing partners, leaders, and stakeholders committed to sustaining action for systems and policy changes within Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and stimulating communities to empower themselves.

Mid-Atlantic RHEC Priority Areas
  • Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities 
  • Improve cultural and linguistic competency and the diversity of the health-related workforce 
  • Work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to address pipeline workforce development for people of color 
Mid-Atlantic RHEC Committees
The committees are organized to support the advancement of the RHEC III mission and ensure alignment with the NPA goals. Each committee is charged with prioritizing the goal area strategies most relevant to the stakeholder communities represented by the members; ensuring that a focus on one or more social determinants of health is included in their respective activities; and developing an annual action plan. The Council may establish new committees based on emerging needs of RHEC III. The initial committees of the Council are listed below with their respective goals:

Mid-Atlantic RHEC Goals for 2018 by Committee:

Awareness Committee
Created to increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.

Cultural Competence Committee
Created to improve cultural and linguistic competency; increase utilization of the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards; and enhance the diversity and inclusion of the health-related workforce.

HBCU Workgroup
Created to establish networks to enhance the movement of students from one program to another in pursuit of their academic goals; explore strategies for collaboration to promote the training of African Americans in health professions; and advocate for improved African American health in the effort to eliminate disparities.

Mid-Atlantic RHEC Membership
Membership positions are individual and are not linked to specific organizations. Each individual is a volunteer member who serves for a term of three (3) years beginning November 2017, and for no more than two (2) consecutive terms. After reaching the term limit, a member may reapply for membership after a one (1)-year hiatus from service. To accomplish the goals and objectives of the Mid-Atlantic RHEC, each member is expected to actively participate by regularly attending meetings; serving on at least one, but no more than two committees during their terms; participate in the development and implementation of action plans; and attend special events and other such activities.

The responsibilities of the collective Mid-Atlantic RHEC membership are to:
  • Provide leadership and expertise to drive a collaborative health equity agenda;
  • Use inclusive stakeholder input to refine priority strategies;
  • Support and collaborate on projects of mutual benefit;
  • Take responsibility for promoting the RHEC and any of its materials;
  • Provide regional, inter-sectorial leadership and partnerships; and
  • Monitor and assess progress to assure accountability, transparency, and sustainability of the Mid-Atlantic RHEC’s efforts to eliminate health disparities.
Time Commitment
Members are required to be an active participant on the Mid-Atlantic RHEC and engage the Council in important decisions and activities via teleconference and/or email communications. Members are expected to participate in monthly Council calls and attend the Annual Review and Planning Session (ARPS). The ARPS is an annual two-day meeting that is convened for the Council to discuss priorities and activities for the upcoming year. Members are expected to attend at least eight-five percent (85%) of the monthly meetings and should notify the Council chair at least one business day prior to the meeting if they are unable to attend. All new members are expected to participate in an online orientation webinar in November 2017.

How to Apply to Be a Mid-Atlantic Member
  • We are currently accepting applications from qualified individuals who are interested in becoming a member of RHEC III from the six states in Region III: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. To submit an application for consideration: 
  • Fill out the form and scroll down to confirm that you have entered all items. Then click Submit. 
  • Upload your letter of interest (limit to 2 pages) describing your interests and how your skills, abilities, and interests align with the mission and priority areas of RHEC III. 
  • Upload your current curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé (limit to 4 pages), using the upload function below the form. 
  • Submit your application and current CV/résumé resume online using the following link: http://region3.npa-rhec.org/application
  • Applications must be submitted by October 6, 2017. 
Selection of New Members
Applications will be reviewed and considered based on the RHEC’s needs for filling member positions in the specific states, stakeholder groups, and areas of expertise listed above. We anticipate receiving more applications than the number of open positions. Therefore, if you are not selected for membership this year, we encourage you to reapply next year or in subsequent years as additional positions become open.

Selected applicants will be notified by October 16, 2017. New members will be expected to attend an online orientation webinar that will be held in November 2017, the start of their membership term, and also to attend the annual in-person meeting in November 2017.

Whom to Contact for Questions or Further Information:
Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council Recruitment and Retention Co-Chairs 

Jenne Johns
Mid-Atlantic RHEC Council Co-Chair 
JJohns@amerihealthcaritas.com

Seneca Bock
Mid-Atlantic RHEC Council Co-Chair 
skbock@yahoo.com