Region II - Health Equity Council: Application for Membership

The Region II Health Equity Council (RHEC II) is one of ten regional health equity councils formed to achieve health equity in the U.S. RHEC II is seeking new members to fill vacancies in the two states and two U.S. territories in our region: New Jersey, New York, United States Virgin Islands (USVI), and Puerto Rico. We seek qualified persons from these states and territories 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: To eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity in Region II through culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and policies. 

The priority areas which Region II Health Equity Council is committed to address are: 
  • Data: Identifying gaps in collecting data on residents of USVI and Puerto Rico, determining best practices related to collecting health-related data on island populations, and identifying national health databases in which USVI/Puerto Rico are not included and determining how to ensure inclusion going forward; 
  • Youth for National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (yNPA): Engage youth as emerging leaders in region-wide efforts to promote health equity; and 
Region II Health Equity Council’s Committee Overarching Goals:

Outreach and Education & Youth and Engagement Committee 
  • 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 other disparities populations through community engagement; 
  • Scale-up successful ACA outreach and enrollment strategies; 
  • Ensure that outreach and education efforts contribute to the NPA goal of addressing health systems and life experiences; 
  • Integrate the CLAS standards and health literacy into all outreach and education efforts; 
  • Develop fellowships and workshops to educate youth on social determinants of health and health disparities; 
  • Engage youth in ACA outreach; 
  • Collaborate with organizations with links to youth (i.e., Boys & Girls Clubs) 
  • Investigate the Stanford Curriculum, and others to raise awareness and foster public health education and information dissemination among youth (High School & College); 
  • Integrate modules on CLAS and ACA; and 
  • Use music, art, theatre, and social media as ways to engage youth. 
Health Data and Infrastructure Committee 
  • Improve data availability and coordination, utilization, and diffusion of research and evaluation outcomes; 
  • Help integrate the various data collection activities in PR and USVI; 
  • Utilize grant-writing expertise of some Region II members to help build infrastructure within the territories; and 
  • Align efforts with the CLAS standards addressing data. 
Region II Health Equity Council’s Membership: 
Region II Health Equity Council is comprised of up to thirty-five (35) members or a number that is conducive to ensuring appropriate representation of stakeholders within the geography or communities represented. Each member serves for a term of three (3) year(s), and for no more than two (2) consecutive terms. To ensure continuity of Region II Health Equity Council, no more than one-third (1/3) of the members should rotate each year.

Region II Health Equity Council’s 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 expected to actively participate by regularly attending meetings, serving on a committee (workgroup), developing and implementing action plans, attending special events and other such activities. Regular meetings of Region II shall occur at least four (4) times a year. For the purpose of reviewing RHEC II’s progress, and planning the next year’s programs & activities, an Annual Review & Planning Session (ARPS) of RHEC II will be held in the third quarter of each calendar year. Members are expected to attend 50% of all RHEC II meetings, either in person or via technology-enabled communication vehicles, when feasible. New members will be appointed, and officer elections will be held at the ARPS, every two years. 

How to Apply to Be a Region II Health Equity Council Member: 
We are currently accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in becoming a member of the Region II Health Equity Council from the two states and two territories listed above. To submit an application for consideration:
  • Fill out the form below. Scroll down to see and enter all items. Then click Submit; 
  • Upload your letter of interest (limit to 2 pages) describing your interest and how your skills, interests and abilities align with the Council’s mission and NPA priority areas; and 
  • Upload your CV or resume (limit to 4 pages), using the upload function below the form. 

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 as an RHEC II member, we encourage you to reapply next year or in subsequent years as additional positions become open.

Get Involved 
If you would like to get involved with Region II Health Equity Council, and would like to speak with someone about it, contact:

Shamima Kahn
Region II Health Equity Council Chair 
shamima.khan@wne.edu 

Noreen Michael 
Region II Health Equity Council Chair 
nmichae@uvi.edu