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Thirty Years and Counting: The Impact of the Heckler Report in Minority Communities

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1985 Secretary’s Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health, known as the Heckler Report, the Great Lakes Regional Health Equity Council (Great Lakes RHEC) is hosting the webinar ‘Thirty Years and Counting: The Impact of the Heckler Report in Minority Communities.’ This webinar will trace how the Heckler Report led to the creation of statewide government entities dedicated to advancing health equity in both Ohio and Michigan. 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, as well as how both states have implemented policies and programs to increase health equity for communities of color.

Join Us for the Webinar!

DATE: April 24, 2015

TIME: 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EDT, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. CDT

Charleta B. Tavares, CEO,
Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.
Former State Senator/Representative Ray Miller,
Ohio General Assembly
Othelia W. Pryor, PhD, Executive Director,
Michigan Minority Health Coalition
Sheryl Weir, MPH, Manager,
Health Disparities Reduction & Minority Health Section, Michigan Department of Community Health

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The Great Lakes RHEC is one of ten regional health equity councils formed in 2011 as a part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through coordination of leaders, partners, and stakeholders that are committed to action. The Great Lakes RHEC is a coalition of leaders and health disparities experts representing several sectors and the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Great Lakes RHEC envisions a region free of disparities in health and healthcare, where all people attain the highest level of health.

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MMHC Partner Health Equity Webinar Series -
Enroll America
The Michigan Minority Health Coalition will hosted the Enroll America webinar on July 25, 2013.  With open enrollment in the new health insurance marketplaces approaching, Enroll America – the nation’s leading healthcare enrollment coalition – is launching the Get Covered America Campaign in Michigan to start a conversation with consumers about the benefits of health coverage and the new health care options. 
The webinar covered the following topics:
• How partnering with Enroll America can help your organization reach the uninsured in your community
• How individuals can purchase health insurance on the new Marketplace Exchange
• Advocacy strategies to advance the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform
• Accessing Enroll America’s database and resources
Presented by Michael V. Radtke Jr., Statewide Organizing Lead, Enroll America

MMHC Partner Health Equity Webinar Series -
"There's a Map for That!"

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, in collaboration with the Michigan Minority Health Coalition and the Office of Minority Health Regional Health Equity Council, will be providing a series of webinars for health equity advocates and community leaders. The webinars will train participants to utilize community mapping to support health equity and address health disparities. Community mapping initiatives are powerful tools to inform and guide advocacy campaigns, policy advocacy and community planning. 

These forthcoming webinar sessions will introduce and explore the use of community based mapping tools to understand health inequity and support capacity building, engagement and intervention to support health equity. The sessions will also identify web tools, strategies, data sources and technology needs to develop community based mapping initiatives. 

Session 1: Introduction to Mapping for Health Equity Advocacy (January 2013)

  • How does community/neighborhood and space relate to health equity?
  • How can mapping tools and approaches, such as hot spotting and asset mapping or SWAT analysis, be beneficial in addressing health equity?
  • What issues should we map to explore social determinants of health and interventions to support health equity?

Presented by Jason Reece, Director of Research, David Norris, Opportunity Mapping Director, and Matt Martin, Research Associate II of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at The Ohio State University

What is health equity? How does it impact my community? What resources are available in my community to make a difference? Who can I partner with to make a difference? What common computer tools do I have at my fingertips to make a difference in my community?

Session 2: Designing a Health Equity Mapping Initiative From Start to Finish; 
Race, Place and Health Equity: The Influence of Structures and Geography on Health Disparities (February 2013)

  • Understanding and framing the issue: purpose and issue identification
  • Approaches to gathering data 
  • Participatory activities for community based projects
  • Mapping & analysis techniques
  • Interactive (web based) tools
  • Community engagement strategies

Session 3: Building Capacity & Implementation: Developing Partnerships and Building Technical Support to Support Mapping Initiatives, Moving from Maps to Action (March 2013)

  • What resources and technical assistance do I need? 
  • What partnerships should I develop?
  • How do I engage decision makers and move mapping from analysis to advocacy and action?