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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 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.

April 17, 2013. Impact of Sequestration. In this letter to the Appropriations Committee, NHEC expresses their concerns about the disproportionate impact sequestration will have on low-income communities of color across the country.

April 17, 2013. State Health Profiles. This document includes data detailing State Health Equity Profiles relative to racial and ethnic populations nationwide and participation in safety net programs. This information illustrates the need for sustained public health and safety net funding for children and families across the nation.

March 21, 2013: Prevent Reductions in Minority Health Programs
The Coalition concerned about the disproportionate impact sequestration will have on low-income community of color across the country. We are calling upon Congress to take steps to reverse the cuts and reach a fair and balanced plan to reduce the deficit that protects the health and economic security of our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

Learn more and sign onto our letter.


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
Achieving Health Equity After the ACA
Friday, September 20, 2013 9a-5p
Stories of Success, Lessons Learned and Current Challenges

National REACH Coalition Reception & Presentation
Tuesday, September 24 4:30
REACH may be eliminated. Join this discussion on the program's significance to the communities and populations you serve.




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Resources & Info
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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