In the Spotlight

How Climate Change Affects the Mid-Atlantic Region by Kyra Jackson, RHEC III Emerging Professional

posted Aug 28, 2018, 9:25 AM by daniel yoo

In recent years, climate change has accelerated more than ever before, making it one of the greatest challenges the world has ever faced. Natural disasters occurring around the world are obvious markers, but more subtle signs—such as an increase in illnesses—also serve as evidence to climate change. Climate change affects people and areas around the world differently, and the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States has begun to feel the impact of these changes in specific ways.

The states in the Mid-Atlantic Region—Pennsylvania; Delaware; Maryland; Washington, DC; Virginia, and West Virginia—all are states that border and are affected by the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Increases in precipitation over recent years have created tremendous amounts of runoff and pollution in the bay and have led to potential health risks caused by contaminated drinking water and food.

Polluted and contaminated water caused by runoff from local cities and farms has been known to also contaminate private drinking wells near the bay. Water consumed from these wells has contributed to cancer, deformities in infants, and a host of other illnesses for people in the region.

The water also affects the many animals that live in the bay and, in turn, those who eat them. In recent years, residents of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia have been warned not to consume fish from the Chesapeake due to high and unhealthy levels of mercury found in the fish.

While an increase in precipitation due to climate change may seem like a small and meaningless shift, the impact to those affected is serious. If climate change continues to negatively affect the Chesapeake Bay, it is likely that those living in the Mid-Atlantic Region will no longer be able to rely on it.


July 12 Webinar Recording: Baltimore’s Innovations in Faith and Community Collaborations

posted May 29, 2018, 8:43 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 2:22 PM ]

This webinar focused on Baltimore’s efforts to galvanize the faith-based community to help prevent violence and address trauma. The presenters discussed faith-based and community models that faith and spiritual leaders and providers can utilize to address trauma. They also enumerated how to systematically integrate faith-based leadership into violence prevention and other public health programming.

View the webinar recording here: 

Webinar Recording_July12.2018_Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council Webinar - Baltimore's Innovations in Faith and Community Collaborations.mp4

 To view/download the webinar transcript and the presentation slides (PDF format), please click on the links below.

June 21 Webinar: An Overview of the NIH All of Us Research Program

posted May 22, 2018, 4:52 PM by daniel yoo   [ updated May 22, 2018, 4:55 PM ]

This webinar will focus on providing the audience with an overview of the NIH All of Us Research Program, a key element of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). All of Us is a participant-engaged, data-driven enterprise supporting research at the intersection of human biology, behavior, genetics, environment, data science, computation, and much more to produce new knowledge with the goal of developing more effective ways to treat disease. The webinar also will highlight the program’s engagement efforts with community and healthcare provider organizations. The audience will learn about how to become involved with All of Us and will be able to share information with those they serve and/or represent.

Register here:

ASTHO Webinar: Integrating Health Equity into Funding Opportunity Announcements

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:07 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 7:07 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:

Abstracts Sought by January 12 for Atlanta BRFSS Training Workshop

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:47 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 9:47 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.

Region III Meeting: Bridging Health Equity Across State Lines and Communities

posted Dec 15, 2017, 5:01 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 5:02 PM ]

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health (OMH), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH)-Region III convened the “Bridging Health Equity Across State Lines and Communities” meeting on August 2, 2017. The proceedings were held at Thomas Jefferson University, Alumni Hall, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The purpose of the meeting was to explore a collaborative strategy to achieve health equity across state lines and communities in Region III: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. To achieve this goal, diverse input would be collected from policymakers, public health professionals, clinicians, and other subject-matter experts on reducing health disparities among minority populations.

The meeting summary and presentation of all speakers are attached below.

Nomination Period Open for the Mid-Atlantic RHECs Health Equity Hero Award

posted Sep 21, 2017, 12:32 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 12:33 PM ]

The Mid-Atlantic RHECs Health Equity Hero Award highlights the exemplary achievement of individuals who support community efforts in the vital goal of ending health disparities and promoting health equity. Nominations will be accepted until October 6, 2017.

View the flyer below for additional information.

View The Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council’s (RHEC) Webinar on Social Determinants of Health

posted May 8, 2017, 12:47 PM by Tech Support   [ updated May 8, 2017, 12:50 PM ]

The webinar showcases how three states in the Mid-Atlantic Region are addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH). After viewing the webinar, you will be able to identify SDOH; be aware of innovative practices that address health inequities; and identify and access resources that can be used to champion health equity efforts.

View it here:

Hidden Treasures : Non Traditional Partners In Health

posted Apr 24, 2017, 10:19 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 10:19 AM ]

This NMHM 17, RHEC III would like to highlight the hidden treasures or non-traditional partners beyond the health care industry that are committed to making health a shared value.

To learn more about the hidden treasures in region 3, please click here.

The Mid-Atlantic RHEC Announces Recipient of 2016 Health Equity Hero Award

posted Jan 19, 2017, 5:44 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:33 PM ]

The Mid-Atlantic RHEC has announced Patricia N. Mathews as the winner of the 2016 Health Equity Hero Award. The award recognizes the exemplary achievement of individuals who support community efforts in the goal of ending health disparities and promoting health equity.

Ms. Mathews is the first President & CEO of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, a position that involves developing coalitions and collaboratives and that she assumed after gaining more than 25 years of philanthropic experience. She has been recognized for her efforts to directly address the social determinants of health in underserved communities by working with local government agencies and foundations to shed light on the struggles faced by people living in Northern Virginia. Ms. Mathews led the foundation to conduct research on the link between an individual’s ZIP code and life expectancy and to publish a related report titled, "Why Life Expectancy Varies in Northern Virginia".

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