Structure of the Southwest Regional Health Equity Council 

The Southwest Regional Health Equity Council aims to end health disparities in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Southwest Health Equity Council maintains a diverse membership representing several sectors such as state government, higher education, health care delivery, private foundations, community organizations, advocacy groups, volunteer organizations and more. The diversity on the Southwest Health Equity Council ensures adequate input from diverse sectors in the council’s efforts to understand and address health disparities in the region. The council has 21 voting seats. 

The council’s activities are coordinated by two Co-Chairs, and directed by 4 committees, Policy/ACA Committee (Chair-Janice), SDOH Committee (Chair-Marisa), Communications (Chair-Javier), andGovernance Committee (Chair-Rick).

Council Members by State

Southwest Regional Health Equity Council Committees

The Council committees are organized to support the advancement of the Southwest RHEC’s mission align with the NPA goals. Each committee is charged with prioritizing the goal area strategies most relevant to the stakeholder communities represented by the members, ensuring that a focus on one or more Social Determinants of Health is included in each committee’s work. The committees are also responsible for developing an annual action plan. The standing committees of the Council include:
  • Social Determinants of Health Committee 
  • Policy Committee 
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competency Committee 

Ongoing Activities and Accomplishments: 
  • Regional Blueprint
  • The Southwest Regional Health Equity Council is partnering with Día de la Mujer Latina (DML) and the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute to hosts its third series of Expanding the Role of Community Health Workers in Advancing Health Equity Summit on April 25-26, 2014 in Houston, Texas. The workshops will be held at Houston’s Fountain of Praise Center. The conference will cover the following topics in Spanish and English: Prescription Assistance and other essential health benefits within ACA; Childhood & Adult Vaccinations, Health Literacy, Cultural Competence, Pain Management, Patient Navigation, and Social Determinants of Health. The topics chosen deal with some of the outlying effects of social determinants of health that can eventually result in poor health outcomes in prenatal care, low birth weight, obesity, smoking, physical inactivity, pain, environmental health, chronic and infectious diseases, and cancer. 

List of materials that have been developed: