In the Spotlight

Join the August 14 NACCD Mental Health and Chronic Disease Equity Webinar

posted Aug 13, 2018, 2:05 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 2:16 PM ]

RHEC IV Violence as a Public Health Issue Committee Member Brian McGregor is hosting a webinar for the NACDD Health Equity Council Tuesday, August 14 2:00-3:00 p.m. Please join! Click here for more information and to register.

September 11-13: State of Black Health National Conference

posted Jul 11, 2018, 9:16 AM by Tech Support

NAATPN, Inc., in conjunction with the National Medical Association, the NAACP, and the Southeast Health Equity Council, is pleased to host a national conference to address the state of health in America and to outline a platform to promote equity in African American communities. September 11- 13, NAATPN, Inc. will host the first-ever State of Black Health National Conference at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta.

The conference will address current health, economic, and social justice disparities impacting African Americans and will outline a national policy platform to address those disparities. Tobacco use kills more than 45,000 African Americans annually, and chronic diseases—including HIV/AIDS—continue to disproportionately impact African Americans. In addition, workforce development and the attainment of livable wages remains a primary concern in most rural and African American urban and rural communities. Current conditions in the US are not conducive to positive health outcomes in African American communities; in fact, unless a new policy agenda is developed and implemented, the pursuit of African American health equity could remain out of reach.

For more information and to register, visit

Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) and the Stay Connected. Stay Strong! Conference: Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration

posted Apr 12, 2018, 1:20 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 1:50 PM by Tech Support ]

It is important to understand the ways in which incarceration impacts the health and well-being of prisoners and their children and family members. Everyone can benefit from resources and strategies for staying strong and connected during incarceration. On April 13, 2018, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Region IV Office of the Regional Health Administrator will host a conference titled Stay Connected. Stay Strong! Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

To learn more about the event, we spoke with two of the facilitators: Sharon Ricks, Regional Health Administrator, OASH, Region IV; and Sunny Slaughter, who co-chairs the committee on Violence as a Public Health Issue for the Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC/RHEC IV). The SHEC, which historically has addressed public health issues that impact vulnerable and marginalized communities in the Southeast region of the US, is one of the event partners. In addition to Ms. Slaughter, Brian McGregor, who also co-chairs the committee on Violence as a Public Health Issue for the SHEC is another speaker at the conference.

Ms. Ricks explained why leaders in the field are coming together in April 2018—National Minority Health Month that will celebrate the importance of community partnerships for health equity—to share effective strategies, tools, and resources for families impacted by incarceration. “Most of the states with the highest incarceration rates are in the South, and these same states are most impacted by health disparities. This conference will encourage impacted families and their allies to be change agents and to offer strategies that every family in the Southeastern US can use to stay connected and stay strong.”

“Staying connected is always the hardest part,” said Ms. Slaughter, “when it comes to the specific and diverse forms of trauma involved in incarceration.” She noted that the conference also will provide an unprecedented opportunity for families and children to offer testimonials. “Mass incarceration is most often about those behind the bars, but this conference will give those beyond the bars the opportunity to emerge from the shadows to be seen and heard. Their experiences matter!”

The conference also will “enable corrections officers in this region to discover new strategies and programs with proven success in improving outcomes for families and communities impacted by incarceration,” Ms. Ricks explained. She added that speakers from across the country will share their expertise on this topic. Speakers include: Sandra Kay Barnhill, JD, champion for reentry services; Kate Boccia, founder of The National Incarceration Association (NIA); Ernest Drucker, PhD, professor at the College of Global Public Health, New York University and licensed clinical psychologist; Ron and Catherine Dijerina, co-founders of TYRO Dads and The Ridge Project to build strong families; and Dominique Gilliard, pastor and author of Rethinking Incarceration. The conference also will feature graduates of the Morehouse Satcher Health Leadership Institute’s Community Health Leadership Program. Some of the event’s partners are NIA, The Ridge Project, TYRO, and HEUDIA Health.

The conference will provide a forum for collaboration and action among policy leaders, advocates, public health experts, service providers, social workers, and corrections and probation officers to support and empower families and children impacted by the criminal justice system. The emphasis of Stay Connected, Stay Strong will be on justice as “restorative and reconciling, not retributive and isolating,” as Pastor Gilliard has stated in his work dedicated to changing mass incarceration.

To learn more about the event and register, visit:

ASTHO Webinar: Integrating Health Equity into Funding Opportunity Announcements

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:08 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 7:09 AM ]

Date: Tuesday, February 20 
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m. EST 

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the HHS Office of Minority Health, will host a webinar for public health professionals involved in programming to advance health equity or in the grant-making process based on its guide for integrating health equity language into funding announcements. 

Objectives for this webinar are to: 
  • Describe federal leadership on state/regional health equity initiatives; 
  • Provide specific examples of how a state health agency has incorporated health equity language into its funding announcements; and 
  • Describe the new tool for health equity developed by ASTHO and the HHS Office of Minority Health. 
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Abstracts Sought by January 12 for Atlanta BRFSS Training Workshop

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:48 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 9:48 AM ]

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Conference Committee is encouraging the submission of abstracts for a presentation or poster for the BRFSS Training Workshop, April 9–13 in Atlanta, Georgia. The submission deadline is Friday, January 12. Notifications of accepted presentations will be sent by Friday, February 16. 

Click on the link below for additional information and abstract guidelines. This is a great opportunity to increase the visibility of the great work that you are doing.

SHEC Application for Membership

posted Oct 6, 2017, 8:02 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Oct 8, 2017, 6:30 PM ]

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) is seeking new members to fill one or more vacancies for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. (There currently are no vacancies for Kentucky.)

We are seeking qualified persons from these states, in particular persons who represent the following specific stakeholder groups/sectors and areas of expertise: food policy; mass incarceration/criminal justice policy; cultural competency; oral health; mental health; alcohol and drug abuse; media/communications; governmental relations and advocacy; health economics; Medicaid; health professional associations; faith-based organizations; private business, and non-health sectors related to social determinants of health (e.g., fair housing, education, transportation, economic development, workforce development).

SHEC's priority areas are: access to healthy food; cultural competency; violence as a public health issue; and access to health care (including oral health and mental health).

Applications must be submitted by midnight CST on October 20, 2017.

Click here for more information about SHEC and for applications instructions.

Recording Now Available: Watch the July 25 SHEC webinar on behavioral health equity in the criminal justice system

posted Aug 2, 2017, 1:38 PM by   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 1:40 PM ]

This webinar is based on the SHEC’s Cultural Competency Resource Guide and focuses on the overrepresentation of individuals with serious mental illness in the criminal justice system; the myriad economic, social, and cultural factors contributing to this reality; and program, practice and policy strategies that may prevent criminal justice involvement and strengthen community-based treatment and care. Morehouse School of Medicine Assistant Professor Brian McGregor, PhD helps viewers understand how the criminal justice system became the largest provider of mental and behavioral health services in the US and why such a model is unsustainable; the need for and implications of regulations, standards, policy, and law in protecting the public’s mental health at the national and local levels; and the roles of diverse stakeholders in effective decision-making as it relates to corrections and reentry. 

Recording Now Available For The SHEC Webinar On The Farmers’ Market SNAP Support Grants In The Southeast Region

posted May 26, 2017, 9:43 AM by Tech Support   [ updated May 26, 2017, 9:43 AM ]

The webinar took place on May 24th and focused on the Farmers’ Market SNAP Support Grants received in the southeastern region. The objective of the webinar was to inspire future southeastern applicants, create a learning network among grant recipients and others in the field, and serve as a platform for the sharing of tools and evaluation findings.

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Watch The Latest SHEC webinar on Applying A Cultural Competency Lens to Human Trafficking

posted May 8, 2017, 1:01 PM by Tech Support   [ updated May 8, 2017, 1:02 PM ]

Watch as speaker Sunny Slaughter shares her trademark presentation ‘Marginalized. Masked. Missed.™, a discussion on addressing human trafficking victimization through a cultural competency lens. After watching this webinar, you will be able to accomplish the following from the specific organizational perspective: Identify human trafficking victimization; Describe the intersectionality of social determinants and human trafficking; Explain the importance of trauma-informed care through a cultural competency lens; Discuss best practices for multidisciplinary and collaborative partnerships; and Identify cultural competency assessment and evaluation tools.

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SHEC's Cultural Competency Webinar Series: Mental Health in Ethnically Diverse, LGBTQIA and Youth Groups

posted Dec 20, 2016, 9:57 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 10:23 AM ]

The Southeastern Health Equity Council’s (SHEC) released its Cultural Competency Resource Guide last fall 2015. To follow up on the release of the Cultural Competency Resource Guide, the SHEC has been hosting a series of webinars in various regions of the country. The latest webinar focused on mental health and various ethnic groups; LGBTQIA and youth communities.

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