In the Spotlight

A Roadmap for Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities: The 4 I’s for Health Equity is now available

posted Oct 17, 2017, 6:18 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 6:18 AM ]

Despite the nation’s advancements in health and medicine, care is still not equally available and accessible across communities, populations, socioeconomic groups, and ethnicities. The National Quality Forum (NQF) created a roadmap for the U.S. healthcare system (i.e., providers and payers) to reduce health and healthcare disparities through performance measurement and associated policy levers. The final report, A Roadmap for Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities: The 4 I’s for Health Equity is now available. View or Download from below.

Great Lakes Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC V) Seeking New Members

posted Oct 11, 2017, 1:45 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 5:36 AM ]

The deadline to submit an application to become a member of RHEC V is November 10, 2017. RHEC V is seeking energetic and proactive members from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. To submit your application, please click here.

Summer 2017 Issue of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Now Available

posted Aug 31, 2017, 11:31 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 11:31 AM ]

The latest issue of the BRFSS features Wisconsin. This state uses yearly data from the BRFSS to track the prevalence of the health issues and behaviors. Get the latest issue.
https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/factsheets/pdf/Issue_9_508_tagged.pdf

Patricia Canessa (RHEC V) Appointed to American Public Health Association Committee on Health Equity

posted Aug 14, 2017, 1:32 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 1:33 PM ]

Join us as we congratulate Great Lakes Regional Health Equity Council member Patricia Canessa on her appointment by the president and leadership of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to the association’s Committee on Health Equity. The committee is charged with assuring APHA meets its diversity, inclusion, and social justice goals by monitoring the diversity of its sections, committees, councils, and boards; encouraging APHA to maximize inclusion in decision-making at all levels; and recognizing and promoting best practices by APHA units, affiliates, and caucuses.

CHW Summit Materials Available

posted Nov 9, 2015, 5:03 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:54 PM ]

On October 30-31, 2015, Community Health Workers (CHW) and CHW stakeholder leaders throughout the Great Lakes region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH and WI), convened at the first Region V Great Lakes CHW Summit. The Summit was the culmination of over a year of careful planning by CHW-focused organizations from each of the six states of Region V and it was a rousing success. Virtually every seat was filled. There were over 90 participants on Day1 at the US Department of Health and Human Services Region V – Chicago Regional Office and over 70 participants on Day 2 at National Louis University.

Download the Summit Agenda and select the presenters’ name(s) to download session handouts and PPTs, where available. You may also read more about the Region V CHW Summit in the Spotlight below.

Great Lakes RHEC Announces the Region V Community Health Worker Summit

posted Sep 8, 2015, 10:41 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:55 PM ]

Community Health Worker (CHW) leaders throughout the Great Lakes region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH and WI) have collaborated to convene regional CHWs and stakeholders at the first Region V Great Lakes CHW Summit on October 30-31. This two day event will foster multi-sectorial and interdisciplinary synergy by disseminating best practice models impacting the CHW workforce and educating CHW and our allies on how to advocate for and develop policies conducive to the profession. The goal of the CHW Summit is to increase knowledge about the value of CHW programs and how to effectively integrate CHWs into the healthcare and social services delivery systems.

Are you a Community Health Worker (CHW) Stakeholder or CHW? Do you represent a community or faith-based organization, health care provider, academic institution, health insurance provider, foundation, government agency, CHW organization, or CHW vendor? Then join us for the first day, October 30, to learn more about how Community Health Workers are crucial for a thriving health system.

Community Health Workers: be sure to join us on the second day, October 31, as we share the discussions from the first day and explore the best practices and strategies to increase the presence of CHWs in our region. We will share conversations from the first day and explore the best practices and strategies to increase the presence of CHWs in our region. This includes conversations on training and certification, advocacy, policy development, workforce development, supervision, and leadership. We will also discuss actions that all CHWs can take after the Summit.

This Summit will take place in two locations:
October 30, 2015, 8:00 am – 5:30 on - US Department of Health and Human Services Region V – Chicago Regional Office, 233 North Michigan Ave, 13th Floor
October 31, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00pm - National Louis University, 122 S Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor Atrium, Reception to follow from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Summit presenters include:
  • Dr. Sarah Redding (OH) and Bob Harnach (IN) of Care Coordination Systems (CCS). CCS is an innovative company that focuses on building all of the tools and training needed for a community to implement the Pathways Community HUB Model. They will discuss the Community HUB model and their experience creating the Community Health Access Program and CHW models in Ohio. This discussion will include care coordination, training and funding models. 
  • Kiara Bembry, BSPH, MAOL-candidate, is the CHW Program Coordinator for Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana, Inc. This presentation will introduce Indiana’s model for the training and certification of CHWs and Certified Recovery Specialists. Information about the application process, training components, testing requirements and certification maintenance associated with this model will be included. A snapshot of Indiana’s workforce will be shared as well as ways to calculate the value of the workforce to clinical practice. 
  • Allison Vidal-Jones, MA, is a Program Director for MHP Salud. There, she’s developed a training recognition program, Pasaporte de Promotor(a) de Salud. Core competencies covered throughout the modules: how adult education methodologies are incorporated to create a more dynamic learning environment and the role of the training recognition program within the context of state certification and standardization. Additionally, we will highlight the value of training supervisors of Promotores(as)/CHWs and MHP Salud’s approach to developing the skills needed to be an effective and supportive manager. 
  • Jeff Waddy, MCHW, DrPH(c), is the Dean of Allied Health & Career Programs at South Suburban College. He will present an academic CHW training program which allows students to earn CHW certificates (basic or advanced) and/or an CHW associate degree. Core competencies and program curricula will be discussed. 

There will be additional panel discussions, including several Region V administrators (including SAMHSA & the Office of Minority Health) as well as training and funding. Also included in the Summit are facilitated conversations with subject matter/content experts in several areas such as education and certification, workforce development, interdisciplinary practice, sustainability and policy.

To register for the Region V CHW Summit, please visit: https://www.regonline.com/regionvchwsummit

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Recording of Thirty Years and Counting: The Impact of the Heckler Report in Minority Communities now available!

posted May 6, 2015, 3:58 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:55 PM ]

On April 24, 2015, the Great Lakes RHEC held the webinar, Thirty Years and Counting: The Impact of the Heckler Report in Minority Communities. Webinar speakers described the significance of the Heckler Report and its findings nationally and in the states of Ohio and Michigan. As policy makers and health advocates, the speakers described the development and passage of minority health legislation, specifically the 2006 Michigan Public Act 653 and the 1987 Ohio Amended House Bill 171, focusing on policies and programs to increase health equity for communities of color in these two states.

For more information on the webinar, please click here. To view the webinar in its entirety, please click here.

Great Lakes RHEC Proclamation for National Minority Health Month

posted Apr 30, 2015, 1:13 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:55 PM ]

The Great Lakes RHEC has proclaimed April 2015 as National Minority Health Month, highlighting the theme, 30 Years of Advancing Health Equity; The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America. The proclamation may be downloaded and read below.

April 24 – Great Lakes RHEC Opens Webinar Registration for “Thirty Years and Counting: The Impact of the Heckler Report in Minority Communities.”

posted Apr 9, 2015, 1:58 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:55 PM ]

On April 24, 2015, the Great Lakes Regional Health Equity Council (Great Lakes RHEC) invites you to join the webinar, Thirty Years and Counting: The Impact of the Heckler Report in Minority Communities. The abstract and speaker biographies of the webinar can be found below. Please click here to register.

Abstract 

Thirty Years and Counting: The Impact of the Heckler Report in Minority Communities will explore the historical significance of the 1985 Secretary's Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health, commonly known to as the Heckler Report, and the resulting response of Michigan and Ohio to create statewide entities dedicated to addressing Minority Health issues. 

Disparate health outcomes had been long documented in local and state health department data statistics from the beginning of the 20th century. For example, W. E. B. Dubois edited a volume on disparate health outcomes for African Americans in 1906. However, the Heckler Report was the first comprehensive assessment documenting overall minority health status in the United States. The report developed the term "excess death," which was defined as the difference between the number of deaths experienced in minority populations when compared to the deaths from similar conditions in majority populations. Former Secretary Heckler exhibited the courage and fortitude to illuminate and develop a strategy to address these conditions and not just file away the data as previous administrations had done. 

In direct response to the Heckler Report, the Director of the Michigan Department of Public Health convened a task force in1987 to study the status of minority health in the state. The task force issued a report titled “Minority Health in Michigan: Closing the Gap,” which led to the establishment of the Michigan Office of Minority Health (MI-OMH) in 1988. In 2004, the MI-OMH was renamed as the Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section (HDRMHS) to reflect a greater emphasis on understanding and addressing social determinants and their impact on minority health status. In 2006, Michigan drafted Public Act 653 – Michigan’s Health Disparity Law as an amendment to the Public Health Code. 

The State of Ohio’s response to the Heckler Report began in 1986 with Executive Order 85-69 by State Representative Ray Miller, which created the Governor’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health. The Task Force’s findings led to the Ohio General Assembly’s passage of Amended Substitute House Bill 171, creating the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. The Commission was the first concerted effort by a state to address the disparity in health status between majority and minority populations. 

Speakers will explore the advocacy, development, and passage of minority health legislation, specifically the 2006 Michigan Public Act 653 and the 1987 Ohio Amended House Bill 171, focusing on policies and programs to increase health equity for communities of color in these two states. 

Speaker Biographies

Charleta B. Tavares, 
Chief Executive Officer, Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.
Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) was elected to serve Ohio's 15th Senate District in November, 2010. She is a committed public servant who served as a member of Columbus City Council from 1999 to 2010. Tavares' state and national reputation as a leader in the areas of health and human services was instrumental in her appointment to serve as the Chair of the Columbus City Council's Health & Human Development Committee. Sen. Tavares was the first African-American female to serve in the state legislature from Franklin County and the first African-American woman ever to hold a leadership position in the Ohio General Assembly.

Sen. Tavares currently serves as Executive Director of Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, a statewide non-profit membership organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of care in Ohio's behavioral healthcare system and to incorporate cultural competence into systems and organizations that provide care to Ohio's vulnerable and at risk populations. 

Former State Senator/Representative Ray Miller, Ohio General Assembly 
Ray Miller is the publisher of The Columbus African American news journal and a former Ohio State Senator. For 24 years, Miller served as a member of the Ohio General Assembly--16 years in the House of Representatives and eight years as a State Senator. He was a prolific legislator and is well known for being the chief sponsor of legislation which established the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, The Institute for Urban Education at Central State University, first time State funding for Head Start in the State of Ohio and many other major reform and systemic change initiatives. 

Believing strongly in community service, Mr. Miller currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Central State University. He is a Life Member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the NAACP. In addition, he is an active member of Second Baptist Church located in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. He and his wife Marty have one son, Ray Miller III. 

Othelia W. Pryor, PhD, Executive Director, Michigan Minority Health Commission
Othelia Pryor is a consultant and the founder of the Michigan Minority Health Coalition (MMHC), a statewide advocacy consortium. MMHC has been involved in equity issues since its inception and has members, partners, and associates from all of Michigan’s five ethnic and minority populations The coalition has also hosted numerous educational events in the community, developed a public service announcement and website on the Affordable Care Act, and convened three statewide conferences pertaining to the effect of healthcare reform on communities of color. The coalition was instrumental in the passage of PA 653, Michigan’s Health Disparity Law, and continues to work for full and meaningful implementation. Dr. Pryor received a Bachelor in Business from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina, and a doctorate in Measurement and Quantitative Methods from Michigan State University.

Sheryl Weir, MPH, Manager, Health Disparities Reduction & Minority Health Section, Michigan Department of Community Health
Sheryl Weir is Section Manager for the Michigan Department of Community Health, Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section. HDRMHS’s efforts focus on addressing racial and ethnic health inequities in Michigan. Ms. Weir has over 30 years of public health related experience. Her work includes racial and ethnic minority health, health equity, health disparities and social justice. She has an MPH from the University of Michigan and a BA from Michigan State University. 

The Affordable Care Act Resource Kit

posted Feb 24, 2014, 4:13 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:55 PM ]

The Affordable Care Act Resource Kit has been developed to guide activities that will improve opportunities for health care access and coverage as part of efforts by the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The main audience for this Kit is NPA partners, Regional Health Equity Councils, and other affiliate organizations interested in conducting ACA outreach and facilitating enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Kit provides basic information and a directory of links to resources that may be referenced or distributed during conferences, trainings, project planning and community events.

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