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ASTHO Webinar: Integrating Health Equity into Funding Opportunity Announcements

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:06 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 7:06 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, 9:46 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 9:46 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.

The Region II Health Equity Council (RHEC II) Hosting An Open House Webinar For Interested Applicants

posted Dec 16, 2016, 2:11 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:26 PM ]

RHEC II is hosting an open house webinar, during which interested applicants can learn more about the Council. The open house will take place on January 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. ET. RHEC II is currently seeking committed and dedicated individuals in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the USVI from a variety of sectors to join the council. RHEC II plays a critical role in coordinating and enhancing state and local efforts to address health disparities and the social determinants of health at the regional level.

Learn more and register for the webinar by clicking on the link below.

To join the webinar, please click:

To join by phone, call 1-866-614-9449. No passcode is needed. 

RHEC II releases Improving Health Data Infrastructure for the US Virgin Islands Report

posted Dec 5, 2016, 3:17 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:26 PM ]

The report highlights the need to expand the collecting and reporting of US Virgin Islands (USVI) health data.Current USVI data registries often are lacking, with search engines providing only minimal data. RHEC II is calling on federal agencies to partner with entities within the USVI to address the lack of complete datasets. 

View/Download Improving Health Data Infrastructure for the US Virgin Islands Report below

Work-Able Summer Health Institute and RHEC II Collaborate for ‘In a Healthy Community: The Library Matters’ Program

posted Oct 21, 2016, 11:32 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:26 PM ]

The fourth annual Work-Able Summer Health Institute, in collaboration with the Regional Health Equity Council for Region II (RHEC II), hosted at the Charles Wesley Turnbull Regional Public Library on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, was held July 25 – August 12, 2016. The three-week life skills,employability skills and career exploration program encouraged the youth, 14 and 15 year olds, to explore health and health careers (personally, professionally and as a community member), and to develop a close relationship with the Library.

View/download the report below.

New York’s Community Listening Sessions Tap Place-Based Knowledge of Health Needs

posted Aug 22, 2016, 9:50 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:27 PM ]

The New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the New York State Minority Health Council convened community listening sessions in New York State in 2015, in areas legislatively defined as minority areas. These are areas with 40 percent, or greater, racial and ethnic populations – which bear a disproportionate burden of poor health. The listening sessions provided a platform for community members to voice their concerns on health and access to health care, and allowed public health officials to listen to the concerns of residents. See some of the results and efforts to date.

HIV/AIDS Among Black Women and Girls: Understanding the Context of Their Lives to Provide Effective Interventions by Dr. Ivy Turnbull

posted Apr 26, 2016, 7:19 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:27 PM ]

The National Black Women’s HIV/AIDS Network (NBWHAN) is a coalition of HIV positive and negative black women and girls that came together to provide a voice and representation for black women with HIV/AIDS. One of our main focus areas is calling for interventions that take into consideration the context of black women’s lives, as well as providing recommendations to health officials and leadership in local, state and federal government to address this public health crisis. To view/download the full article please see below.

RHEC II Raises Awareness of 2015 National Minority Health Month

posted Apr 15, 2015, 12:49 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:27 PM ]

The Region II Health Equity Council (RHEC II) is working diligently to get the word out about the 2015 National Minority Health Month theme, 30 Years of Advancing Health Equity; The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America. One RHEC II member has published a blog post about this year’s theme, while other RHEC members have been working with local and state-level officials throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to proclaim the 2015 National Minority Health Month theme. To date, the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Mayor of New Brunswick, New Jersey, and the RHEC II Co-Chairs have signed and issued RHEC II’s Proclamation.

The signed Proclamations are available for download below, and the Proclamation signed by the RHEC II Co-Chairs is available in both English and Spanish.

Bright Futures: Young Leaders Gain Skills at Work-Able Summer Health Institute

posted Oct 28, 2014, 1:37 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:28 PM ]

Ten young people, ages 14 to 15, participated in the St. Thomas Work-Able Summer Health Institute, sponsored by the Region II Health Equity Council, the Virgin Islands Department of Labor, the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums of the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Exploratory Research Center and the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network.

The three-week program imparted valuable skills for life and career, and allowed youth to explore professions in three primary fields: technology, library science, and public health. Program mentors assisted the participants in drafting cover letters, to help them secure job-shadowing or after-school experiences that would enable them to earn community service hours. Following the Work-Able Summer Health Institute, RHEC II member Gwendolyn Powell published an article in the St. Thomas Source, highlighting this successful model for youth employability. Click on the pdf below to view Gwendolyn Powell's article.

All-RHEC Quarterly Conference Call (May 1, 2014)

posted May 5, 2014, 7:07 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:28 PM ]

Dr. Robert Like from RHEC II facilitated the presentation Fostering Health Equity Through Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service Delivery: A Call To Action during the May 1st All-RHEC Quarterly Conference Call. This presentation achieved the following objectives:
  • Defined the concept and rationale for culturally competent health care and its relevance for reducing disparities in health and health care
  • Discussed the OMH Enhanced National CLAS Standards and educational issues related to becoming a culturally competent workforce, administration, and health care organization
  • Shared best and promising practices relating to cultural competency that are being implemented in health care organizations and available resources

All RHEC Quartely Webinar 5/1/14

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