The Nevada Minority Health & Equity Coalition (NMHEC) is a partnership of academic, civic, private and community organizations that aim to address health disparities and inequities in Nevada by building capacity, informing policy, and conducting research.

NMHEC was established in 2016 as a response to requests from community members and elected officials for a grassroots, locally driven organization that could interface between the community and state and local funders. NMHEC is committed to address and advance minority health outcomes in Nevada and to “move the needle” on poor health outcomes and statistics that contribute to significant health disparities among underserved groups in Nevada.

NMHEC is currently housed within the UNLV School of Public Health.


The purpose of NMHEC is to provide resources that will ensure that all Nevada residents can have a healthy, productive life; and to eliminate health disparities through research, education, advocacy, and access to health care services for minority populations.


NMHEC recognizes inequality as a co-morbidity and therefore promotes the elimination of preventable health disparities.


The mission of the NMHEC is to promote the health and well-being of diverse communities by pursuing research, capacity building, and advocacy that recognizes the unique cultural and linguistic differences of Nevadans.