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Welcome to the National Health Equity Coalition!

The National Health Equity Coalition is a policy and advocacy network committed to the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities and the achievement of health equity. The coalition seeks opportunities to engage policy makers and leverage public policy to address the root causes of health disparities, including lack of access to health care, socioeconomic inequality and harmful living conditions. Initiated by the National REACH Coalition, NHEC strives to link the policy and advocacy work of national organizations with the grassroots activities taking place in communities across the country.

The World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health concluded that to achieve health equity, we must “improve the conditions of daily life – the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age.” The coalition works to engage members in confronting health disparities through this broad lens. NHEC membership is open to national, state, regional and local health, public health, human rights and social justice organizations. The coalition represents more than 100 organizations and growing.  If you are interested in being a part of this movement, join us today!

July 28, 2014. The Endorsement Statement of the Health Equity and Accountability Act was signed by nearly 350 national, state, and local organizations. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and the Congressional Tri-Caucus are preparing to introduce the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2014 (HEAA 2014) to Congress before the start of the August Congressional recess.

April 21, 2014. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a significant difference in the lives of many communities of color, limited-English proficient individuals, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and other underserved populations. While we celebrate this historic enrollment milestone, the undersigned organizations request that the Department release ACA enrollment data disaggregated by race, ethnicity, primary language and disability status.

July 2, 2013.
More than 150 organizations urge continued funding for federal programs that advance health equity in a letter to the Senate and House Appropriation Committees.

May 17, 2013. NHEC thanks Senator Tom Harkin, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard for their continuing leadership and support of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program.


Call To Action:

Members’ active participation in the coalition is essential to our capacity. To stay informed and get involved in our advocacy campaigns, please join our email list.

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National Dialogue on Equity & Health:

The National Dialogue on Equity and Health, sponsored by NHEC, is a series of webinars designed to bring together advocates, interest groups, and public agencies in a cross-sector dialogue on policies that improve the health and socio-economic opportunities of racial and ethnic minorities.

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Meetings & Events
Racial & Ethnic Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act: Best Practices from the Field
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:00 AM – 11AM PST/12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
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New Opportunity to Address Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities for Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries
Please join Community Catalyst for the latest Health Equity Webinar on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm-3:00 pm ET
Please register by Friday, November 7, 2014
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Resources & Info
HELEN Webinar

Download the Federal Debt Reduction Advocacy Toolkit


Useful Links


Understanding Health Reform: A community guide for African Americans
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Health Reform Implementation Timeline
Courtesy of Premier Healthcare Alliance

Health Equity Provisions in the Health Reform Law
Courtesy of Premier Healthcare Alliance
Updated 09/30/10


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