Join the Mountain States RHEC

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The Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) aims to end health disparities in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The RHEC maintains a diverse membership representing several sectors such as state government, higher education, health care delivery, and private foundations. The diversity in the Mountain States RHEC ensures adequate input from diverse sectors in the council’s efforts to understand and address health disparities in the region. The council has 11 voting seats. 

The Mission of the Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council is to address the determinants of health and achieve health equity for all in Region VIII through development and coordination of new and existing partnerships, leaders, and stakeholders. The vision of Mountain States RHEC is a nation free of disparities in health and health care. The priority areas of which the Mountain States RHEC is committed to address are the following: 
  • Increasing and improving access to care, while addressing health disparities 
  • Provide education and awareness of Cultural and Linguistic Competency within the region 
  • Increasing education and awareness on ACA within the region 
Members of the Mountain States RHEC are individuals from public (non-Federal employees) and private sectors who serve in a voluntary capacity with the willingness to engage in actions to advance health equity and/or improve healthy living standards for the nation’s most vulnerable populations. Members work or reside within the geography or community they represent and have engaged in relevant work on policies or programs that seek to eliminate health disparities and/or promote healthy living standards. Members represent one or more of the following areas and/or have knowledge of the issues faced by communities impacted by health disparities: 

Communities & PopulationsRacial and Ethnic minorities, LGBT, Veterans, Rural, Seniors, Tribes & Tribal communities, and Immigrants and Refugees
Civic, Non-Profits & Community-Based OrganizationsFoundations, Shelters, Recreation, YMCAs, Senior Centers, Healthy 
Living Coalitions, Faith-based
EducationPre-K through 12, College and Universities
GeographicColorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
GovernmentState/Tribal/Local Government Agencies, State/Tribal/Local Elected Officials, Public (non-Federal) Employees
Health & Human ServicesBehavioral Health, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Quality, Human Services, Mental Health, Oral Health
Health ProfessionalsAllied Health Professionals, Community Health Workers, Dentists, Environmental Health Professionals, Nurses, Public Health Professionals, Physicians, Interpreters, Psychologists, Alternative Medicine, Professional Associations, and Social Workers
Health SystemsHospitals, Hospital Associations, Insurance/Health Plans, Long-term Care, Home Care
Private (for-profit)Businesses, Employers, Associations, Pharmaceuticals
ResearchCommunities, Community-based Participatory Research Models, Academic Institutions, Academic Medical Centers, Private Associations
Social DeterminantsAgriculture/Nutrition, Economic Development, Employment, Environment, Housing, Justice, Transportation

  • Share information related to the enhanced CLAS Standards with provider communities in the region 
Mountain States RHEC Goals and Activities: 
  • Goal 1: Support sharing of information among community stakeholders to address health disparities and enable health equity via Social Media 
    • Create Ad hoc to identify information to post on Social Media 
    • Identify contributors of topics identified 
    • Acquire the know-how on how to develop and manage Social Media 
    • Council review of postings of material and events prior to going live on Social Media 
    • Start Social Media information dissemination 
  • Goal 2: Share information about specific topics to underserved populations and the young “invincibles” regarding ACA information via existing networks known to council members and through social media (yNPA) 
    • Identify information to be shared 
    • Identify activities to enhance REACH, UPTAKE & INTENT 
    • Create a uniform process for information dissemination to networks 
      • Identify a student from a public health program to serve as an intern 
    • Coordinate a webinar among the RHEC VIII members and throughout the region 
    • Recruit for youth from colleges and universities to join council 
  • Goal 3: Share information related to the enhanced CLAS Standards with provider communities in the region 
    • Facilitate an enhanced CLAS Standards webinar 
      • Include monitoring and enforcement of CLAS Standards 
    • Present on enhanced CLAS Standards at the Eliminating Health Disparities Conference in Utah in May 2015 
    • Identify regional relevant CLAS Standardized slides, organizations can use to conduct their own trainings within their organizations (identified as community need) 
  • Goal 4: Share information with policy makers that will inform the development of initiatives to address health disparities and enhancing health equity 
    • Finalize the Mountain States RHEC Blueprint 
    • Disseminate the Mountain States RHEC Blueprint 
    • Create a dashboard for ongoing monitoring of progress in addressing health disparities 
    • Develop a one-pager/issue brief of emerging trends – highlights from the Mountain States RHEC Blueprint 
    • Develop an archive of relevant analysis and data products on RHEC VIII disparities (collect information on emerging issues) 
Mountain States RHEC Membership: Membership positions are individual, not linked to specific organizations. Each individual, volunteer member serves for a term of three (3) years, and for no more than two (2) consecutive terms. After reaching the term limits, a member may be re-elected after a one (1) year hiatus from service. 

Mountain States RHEC Member Responsibilities: 
The responsibilities of the Council members, collectively, are to: 
  • Provide leadership and expertise to drive a collaborative health equity agenda; 
  • ensure continuous engagement of all stakeholders to inform the activities and work of the Council; 
  • Collaborate on projects of mutual benefit; 
  • document, monitor and assess progress to ensure accountability of the Council’s work; and 
  • Foster sustainability of the RHEC and efforts to eliminate health disparities. 
Time Commitment: Participate in 10 out of 12 Council meetings per year via teleconference and one annual in-person meeting (two days). Currently OMH covers travel expenses to the annual meeting. 
  • Participate in committee teleconference meeting and activities, approximately 3 hours per month. Calls are held on a monthly basis on the first Friday of each month at 10:00 AM Mountain Time. 
  • Promote awareness of RHEC and health equity issues in your professional and community activities whenever possible 
  • Support other Council members’ activities when possible 

How to Apply to Become a Mountain States RHEC Member: Stay tuned for the next application period by regularly checking this page.

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. 

Who to Contact for Questions or Further Information: 
Thelma Craig, 
Membership Nomination Committee 

2018 Mountain States RHEC Application for Membership