Structure of the Mid-Atlantic RHEC

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) aims to end health disparities in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Mid-Atlantic RHEC maintains a diverse membership representing several sectors such as state government, higher education, health care delivery, private foundations, and managed care organizations. The diversity on the Mid-Atlantic RHEC ensures adequate input from diverse sectors in the council’s efforts to understand and address health disparities in the region. The council has 22 voting seats. 

The council’s activities are coordinated by two Co-Chairs, and directed by 5 committees, each led by two chair persons. Committees include Awareness, Cultural Competency, Data, Governance, Funding and HBCU Summit Workgroup. 

Ongoing Accomplishments:
  • College students were engaged in the RHEC III, OMH Resource Center, and Howard University partnership to conduct the HBCU Summit that was held in conjunction with the HE-TAP Summit at Howard University on September 16, 2015. The purpose of this event was for health training programs housed in Region III’s 15 HBCUs to inform their peers of existing competencies; establish networks to enhance students’ pursuit of their academic goals during the transition to new programs; and explore collaborative opportunities to promote the training of African Americans in health professions.
  • A CLAS/cultural competency survey was developed and will be distributed in Region III. The purpose of the survey will be to gain an initial understanding of the status of cultural competency education and training in Region III states and communities of interest. The survey participants will be identified from various stakeholder groups, such as public health professionals, public safety workers, healthcare providers, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other healthcare centers, transportation and housing agencies, and faith- and community-based organizations. The survey findings will be shared with OMH, RHEC members in other regions, and partners.
  • A presentation was made on unconscious bias and CLAS during the Health Equity Conference in Dover, DE in May 2015.
  • A webinar on unconscious bias and CLAS was broadcast on July 15, 2015 with 177 participants.
  • An emerging fellow hosted the “Unconscious Bias and Cultural Competency Twitter Chat After Party” on July 15, 2015 with approximately 60 tweets and retweets.
  • An interview on unconscious bias and CLAS was broadcast during a health equity radio program based in Hampton Roads, VA.
  • Launched the Region III Blueprint Call to Action in April 2015 in recognition of Minority Health Month.