Region VII Health Equity Council Releases Disparities Report

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The Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC), an advisory group representative of health and diversity leaders who work in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region VII area, released an environmental scan that provides data on health disparities and information related to social determinants of health in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. 

The report addresses particular regional challenges and disparities, including shortages of health care facilities in rural areas and provider shortages in Kansas and Missouri, income disparities, prevalence of obesity, and other issues. The report also examines assets that can be leveraged, including regional health care systems with solid national ratings, relatively low unemployment, and high education levels among the region’s foreign-born population.

The Heartland RHEC will use the information to promote public policies and actions that advance health equity and eliminate health disparities. 

Review the Heartland RHEC Environmental Scan (PDF)

For more information, contact Carla Gibson, REACH senior program officer and a member of the Region VII RHEC, at