Call For Membership Applications for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council

Application Deadline: October 8, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) is one of ten regional health equity councils formed to achieve health equity in the U.S. The Mid-Atlantic RHEC is seeking new members to fill vacancies in the five states in our region: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia. We seek qualified persons from these states who represent the following specific stakeholder groups and/or areas of expertise: health insurance plans, foundation/health philanthropy, physician practices, nursing practices, pharmacy practices, advocacy, policy, and cultural competency.

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

Mission: The mission of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) to strengthen programs, policies, practices, and services to achieve better health in Region III, in coordination with state offices of minority health to address CLAS and social determinants of health, therefore eliminating health disparities.

The priority areas of which Mid-Atlantic RHEC is committed to address are to:

  • Increasing Awareness of the Significance of Health Disparities 
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competency: Improve cultural and linguistic competency and the diversity of the health-related workforce 
  • Working with HBCUs to address pipeline workforce development for people of color 

Mid-Atlantic RHEC Goals for 2016 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, the utilization of the CLAS standards and improve 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, and to explore strategies for collaboration in promoting the training of African Americans in the health professions and in advocating for improved African American health in the effort to eliminate disparities

Mid-Atlantic RHEC Membership:
Individuals appointed to as Council members represent organizations that desire to advance health equity through policies, programs, and practice. Council members serve voluntarily on the RHECs. Each member serves for a term of two (2) year(s), beginning December 1, and for no more than two (2) consecutive terms. To ensure continuity of the Council, no more than one-third (1/3) of the members should rotate each year. Members are expected to participate by regularly attending meetings, serving on a committee, developing and implementing action plans, attending special events and other such activities.

Mid-Atlantic RHEC Member Responsibilities:
The responsibilities of the Council members are to:
  • Serve as a body of experts championing and driving a collaborative health equity agenda; 
  • Use transparent methods to engage inclusive stakeholder input to refine priority strategies; 
  • Support and collaborate on projects of mutual benefit; 
  • Develop and provide lateral, cross-boundary leadership and partnerships; 
  • Monitor and assess progress; and 
  • Assure accountability and drive sustainability. 
Time Commitment:
Members are required to be an active participant on the council and engage the council on important council decisions and activities via conference and/or email communications. Members are expected to attend monthly council calls, which occur on the second Thursday of each month, as well as the Annual Planning and Review Session (ARPS). The ARPS is an annual, one and a half day meeting, where the council comes together to discuss priorities and activities for the upcoming year. The meeting will be held this year on December 8-9, 2016 in Norfolk, VA. Members are expected to attend at least eight-five percent (85%) of the monthly meetings and should notify council chair at least one business day prior to the meeting if they are unable to attend. All new members will receive an online orientation in November via webinar.

How to Apply to Be a Mid-Atlantic RHEC Member:
We are currently accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in becoming a member of Mid-Atlantic RHEC from the five states listed above. To submit an application for consideration:
  • Fill out the form and scroll down to see you have entered all items. Then click Submit. 
  • Upload your letter of interest (limit to 2 pages) describing your interest and how you skills and abilities interests align with RHEC’s mission and RHEC III priority areas. 
  • Upload your CV or resume (limit to 4 pages), using the upload function below the form 
  • Submit an application and CV/resume online using the following link: http://region3.npa-rhec.org/application
In addition to providing information about yourself and answering a few questions on the online application form, applicants must upload a current curriculum vita or resume. Applications must be submitted by midnight EST on October 8, 2016.

Selection of New Members:
Applications will be reviewed and considered based on the Council’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 and to become a Mid-Atlantic RHEC Council member.

Selected applicants will be notified by November 4, 2016. New members will be expected to attend the annual in-person Council meeting tentatively slated for December 2016, when their membership terms will begin.

Get Involved
If you would like to get involved with Mid-Atlantic RHEC

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

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