Join the Region X Health Equity Council

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The Region X Health Equity Council (RHEC X) is seeking new members to fill one or more vacancies in each of the four states in its region: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. These states encompass the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region X.

We currently are seeking committed and dedicated individuals to serve on and actively contribute to the work of RHEC X. In particular, we are seeking energetic and proactive members whose work and expertise fall under specific sectors such as:
  • Non-profit fundraising and sponsored programs 
  • Private/for-profit organizations such as labor unions, businesses, and chambers of commerce 
  • Community-based and faith-based organizations, and non-profit agencies 
  • Educational institutions, such as colleges and universities 
  • Local government and civic organizations 
  • Students/young professionals (graduates and undergraduates with a public health interest) 
  • Health professionals such as community health workers (CHWs), and public health and allied health professionals 
  • Healthcare systems and medical associations 
  • Media and communications, such as radio, newspaper, television, and social media outlets 

The Region X Health Equity Council
RHEC X plays a critical role in coordinating and enhancing state and local efforts to address health disparities and the social determinants of health (SDOH) at the regional level. More information about the council, including its current work, can be found at

RHEC X is one of 10 regional councils formed in 2011 as a part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), which is the first national, multi-sector community- and partnership-driven effort on behalf of health equity, and which was spearheaded by the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH). While affiliated with OMH in terms of aligning strategies and receiving technical assistance, RHEC X and the other regional councils are independent entities separate from OMH and the Federal Government.

RHEC X is a voluntary, not-for-profit association with 11 members currently that bring together leaders from diverse backgrounds including healthcare providers, health care-focused organizations, academia, public health agencies, economic development, faith-based organizations, grassroots organizations, other non-profit organizations, as well as the business sector, to reinforce the need for multi-sector linkages as a key strategy for ending health disparities in America.

The vision of RHEC X
is a nation free of disparities in health and health care. RHEC X’s mission is to be an effective agent of change to eliminate health disparities and achieve the highest possible level of health for all communities through the education and mobilization of leaders, partners, policy makers, and community stakeholders in Region X.

RHEC X Priority Areas for 2017-2018 by Committee
  • Use a health equity and empowerment lens to analyze programs, policies, and resources 
  • Increase awareness of immigrant and refugee health equity realities and issues in Region X and at the national level 
  • Increase the community health worker (CHW)/community health advocate (CHA) workforce and strengthen CHW/CHA programs to improve health outcomes, and save costs to the healthcare system 
  • Under the inclusion of CLAS, promote language equity in Region X and at the national level 
  • Support activities related to environmental justice 

RHEC X Membership
Membership positions are individual and not linked to specific organizations. Each individual, volunteer member serves for a term of two (3) years, and for no more than two (2) consecutive terms. After reaching the term limit, a member may reapply for membership after a one (1)-year hiatus from service.

In order to accomplish the goals and objectives of RHEC X, each member is expected to attend at least two (2) full council conference call meetings as well as the in-person annual review and planning session (ARPS) each year (currently, travel expenses are provided by OMH). Also, each member is required to actively participate on at least one of the council’s committees.

The responsibilities of the council members, collectively, are to:
  • Provide leadership and expertise to drive a collaborative health equity agenda; 
  • Use inclusive stakeholder input to refine priority strategies; 
  • Support and collaborate on projects of mutual benefit; 
  • Provide regional, inter-sectorial leadership and partnerships; and 
  • Monitor and assess progress to assure accountability and drive sustainability of RHEC X efforts to achieve health equity. 

How to Apply to Be an RHEC X Member
RHEC X is currently accepting applications from qualified individuals from within the four states of Region X interested in becoming a member. Individuals may submit an application online below.

In addition to providing information and answering a few questions on the online application form, applicants must upload a current curriculum vitae or resume. Applications must be submitted by Friday, 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, 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 membership this year, we encourage you to reapply next year or in subsequent years as additional positions become open.

Selected applicants will be notified by the end of February 2018. New members will be expected to attend an online webinar orientation, to be scheduled for March 2018, and to attend the annual in-person council meeting in May 2018, which marks the beginning of new members’ terms on the council.

Contacts for Questions or Further Information

Membership Committee Chair:

Gabriel M. Garcia, PhD, MA, MPH
Associate Professor of Public Health
University of Alaska-Anchorage, Department of Health Sciences 
Anchorage, AK

RHEC X Co-Chairs
Lambert Adjibogoun
Human Services Investigator
Multnomah County Department of Human Services
Portland, OR

Lorena Sprager
Program Manager
Nuestra Comunidad Sana of The Next Door, Inc.
OASIS Palliative Care of Providence Hood River
Hood River, OR


Vivian Duru, MPH, CHES
Technical Assistant Liaison for RHEC X
Atlas Research

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