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Southwest RHEC Releases Regional Newsletter

posted Aug 31, 2017, 11:18 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 11:19 AM ]

Get the latest news and developments from Region 6 in their latest newsletter.

Southwest RHEC Released Regional Newsletter

posted Jul 5, 2017, 10:27 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 11:16 AM ]


Message from the President


An interesting and new year is underway! Many thanks to our Communications Committee. As you can see they are expanding our visibility and our capability to communicate on the worldwide web. Great work! But that's not all, you will also be getting a quarterly newsletter. Yes, this is the first edition!

As we know, how we communicate is important in developing and maintaining relationships, I hope you will join me in embracing the following community norms (as borrowed from Stan Hudson, University of Missouri):
  • We invite full participation in the discussion that we have planned to help us explore diversity, culture, social justice and how these impact health justice. 
  • As we engage in thoughtful dialogue and reflection, we encourage everyone to demonstrate respect for differences, and to listen (or read) for understanding, not for responding. 
  • As we share our observations, feelings, thoughts, and experiences, we encourage honesty, and remind people to speak in the "I". We can only speak for ourselves and from the intersectionality of our own social identities. No one should feel like they are a spokesperson for their group nor should anyone try to speak for others. 
  • We encourage everyone to monitor their sharing, so that we can make a space for all voices to be heard. Step up if you are quiet. Step back if you share a lot. 
  • We acknowledge and embrace dissent and conflict, as they are vital to the process of building community. 
  • As we share and disagree, remember to work an issue, not a person. 
  • We invite everyone to trust the process, even when you don't know where it is leading the discussion. 
  • We invite everyone to lean into discomfort, as it is a signal that we have something to learn.
I'm eager to hear your thoughts.

Marisa New, MPH, OTR
Chair, Southwest Regional Health Equity Council




The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is pleased to present the eleventh edition of Health Equity in New Mexico. This report is intended to provide relevant and timely information regarding the health status of the various population groups in our state to help inform, educate, and empower readers on equity issues. It is also intended to be a tool for community, state, and tribal partners and policymakers to use in the design and implementation of effective strategies to decrease health disparities and improve health outcomes for all people in New Mexico. To view the report, click here.



15th Annual Disparities in Health in America:
Working Toward Social Justice Workshop

Since 2002, the Health Disparities, Education, Awareness, Research & Training (HDEART) Consortium's Disparities in Health in America: Working Toward Social Justice Course/Workshop has touched the lives of over 5,000 individuals. This year, the workshop will be held on the Rice University campus in the Jones Graduate School of Business in the Shell Auditorium.

Tribal Epidemiology Centers Strengthen the Public Health Capacity of Communities

posted Apr 26, 2016, 7:04 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:50 AM ]

Through the years, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations have been underrepresented in the data surveillance that informs health decisions at the federal, state, tribal and local level. In an effort to provide much-needed data to policymakers and local leaders, including tribal leadership, the Indian Health Service (IHS) established Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) in 1996. To view/download the full article please see below.

Southwest Regional Health Equity Council Releases Blueprint: Call to Action

posted Apr 7, 2016, 9:40 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:50 AM ]

The Southwest Regional Health Equity Council launched the Blueprint: Call to Action on April 7th, 2016. The Blueprint includes a compilation of regional data addressing health outcomes and burdens along with data from select social, behavioral and environmental determinants of health that also affect health equity. The Blueprint presented the top health disparities affecting communities of color, including adult obesity, adult diabetes, heart disease, infant mortality and influenza vaccinations. View the SWRHECs Blueprint: Call to Action to explore current and emerging trends in Region VI. Please click on the press release and Blueprint for Action to learn more.

Continuing Health Care for All: The Southwest RHEC Issue Brief

posted Jul 21, 2014, 11:44 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:50 AM ]

The Southwest Regional Health Equity Council has released an Issue Brief that identifies gaps in the access and availability of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and community clinics under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). FQHCs are organizations that provide comprehensive health services for the medically underserved area or population in the United States. The Southwest RHEC will use this information to support and stimulate dialogue on significant policy issues to end health disparities and to ensure that all residents have equal access to their long-standing health care providers.

The Affordable Care Act Resource Kit

posted Feb 24, 2014, 4:14 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:50 AM ]

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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