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.
GOALS AND STRATEGIES
- Improve the health status of minority and underserved populations.
- Improve access to quality health care services for minorities and underserved populations.
- Promote minority presence and participation in health planning and policy formation.
- Enhance and promote public awareness of healthcare needs of minority populations.
- Increase collaboration among minority-serving institutions in Nevada.
- Develop opportunities to increase funding mechanisms to support efforts to eliminate health disparities in Nevada.
- Provide community-wide educational opportunities.
- Conduct research and reporting on issues related to minority health.
- Represent Nevada minority populations through advocacy and informing policy.
- Serving as a liaison to community organizations, other states, national organizations and the federal government.
- Engaging the communities by holding public meetings, community forums and participating in action-oriented activities.
- Assisting community-based organizations to identify community resources and potential funding sources utilizing CBPR methods.
- Providing guidance on implementing initiatives to address health disparities across the state.
- Promoting communication and interaction statewide to learn about health problems and to improve service access.
- Sharing data with partners and key stakeholders to improve understanding of health barriers and health disparities in our community through the practice of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR).
- Promoting interagency collaborations, investment and the mobilization of resources that enhance opportunities for underserved populations by closing health disparity gaps.
NMHEC OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Jose L. Melendrez
ERIKA R. MARQUEZ