Join the Region II Health Equity Council

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If you would like to join a dynamic and committed team that represents citizens in your region who are working to eliminate health disparities and create regional, inter-sectoral leadership and partnerships, please consider getting involved with the Region II Health Equity Council (RHEC II). RHEC II is one of 10 regional health equity councils formed to achieve health equity in the US. RHEC II is seeking qualified new members to fill vacancies in the two states and two US territories that make up HHS Region II – specifically New Jersey, New York, United States Virgin Islands (USVI), and Puerto Rico.

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

Mission: To eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity in Region II by promoting the development of culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and policies

Regional Health Equity Council Member Roles
  • Provide leadership and expertise to drive a collaborative health equity agenda 
  • Support and collaborate on projects of mutual benefit 
  • Provide regional, inter-sectoral leadership and partnerships 
  • Monitor and assess progress to assure accountability and to drive sustainability of RHEC II efforts to achieve health equity 
We are currently seeking committed and dedicated individuals to serve on and actively contribute to the work of RHEC II. The RHECs welcome members from diverse sectors and expertise, such as community- and faith-based organizations, foundations, health and healthcare professionals, local and state government, research and academia, and media and communications.

Region II Health Equity Council’s Membership
RHEC II is comprised of up to 35 members. Each member serves for a term of three years beginning April 1, 2018 and for no more than two consecutive terms. To ensure continuity, no more than one-third of the members rotates off the council each year.

Members are expected to actively participate by regularly attending meetings, serving on at least one committee (workgroup), developing and implementing action plans, and attending special events and other such activities. Regular phone meetings of RHEC II occur at least four times a year. For the purposes of reviewing the council’s progress and planning the upcoming year’s programs and activities, an Annual Review & Planning Session (ARPS) is held each spring (March-April). Members are expected to attend 50% of all RHEC II meetings, either in person or via technology-enabled communication vehicles, when feasible. Officer elections are held at the ARPS every other year.

RHEC II Current Committees

Health Data and Infrastructure
    • Identifies gaps in data collection for residents of USVI and Puerto Rico 
    • Determines best practices related to collecting health-related data on island populations, and identifies national health databases in which USVI/Puerto Rico are not included and advocates for inclusion going forward 
Adolescent Health and Youth Engagement
    • Engages youth as emerging leaders in region-wide efforts to promote health equity 
    • Integrates National CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services) Standards and health literacy into outreach and education efforts 
    • Develops fellowships and workshops to educate youth on social determinants of health (SDOH) and health equity 
    • Examines state and/or federal policies that impact the health of residents of Region II 
    • Conducts primary and/or secondary research on the impact of health policies 
    • Creates deliverables such as reports and white papers to inform policy-makers 
Please note: RHEC priorities and committees are assessed annually at the ARPS and may change based on the RHEC’s collective goals and strategic plans.

How to Apply to Be a Region II Health Equity Council Member:
  • Fill out the form below. Please be sure to scroll down enter all items. Then, click “Submit”. 
  • Upload your CV or resume (limit of 4 pages) using the upload function below the form. 
  • Upload your letter of interest (limit of 1.5 pages/750 words) describing why you would like to serve on RHEC II and describing the strengths, skills, and/or expertise you would bring to the RHEC. 
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 9, 2018.

Selection of New Members:
Applications will be reviewed and considered based on the council’s needs for filling member positions in the specific states/territories, stakeholder groups, and areas of expertise listed above. We anticipate receiving more applications than the number of open positions. If you are not selected for RHEC II membership this year, we encourage you to reapply next year or in subsequent years as additional positions become open.

Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2018.

New members are strongly encouraged to attend the two-day in person ARPS scheduled for the week of April 17, 2018. The Office of Minority Health supports travel, lodging, and per diem for this meeting.

Contact Us 
If you would like more information about the work of RHEC II, please explore this website or contact: 

Shamima Kahn
Region II Health Equity Council Chair 

Noreen Michael 
Region II Health Equity Council Chair 

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