The Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA) is a vibrant, intersectoral community that seeks to Collaborate, Build Power, and Take Action. Its membership of more than 100 health equity leaders from 26 nations in the Americas and the Caribbean represent civil society, government, and academia. Through sharing knowledge and action, HENA takes a multi-pronged approach that brings to light policies and programming that have positive impact on health equity and human rights in the Americas.
HENA focuses its energy on research, policy, communications, and advocacy work. In the coming year, it will: host convenings in both North and South America; publish research in scholarly journals; conduct policy analyses to determine strengths and weaknesses of laws that inhibit health equity; and brief policymakers on the findings of these analyses. During Sept 2018 – April 2019, HENA will widely promote policy recommendations from the PAHO Commission on Equity and Inequalities in the Americas upcoming report.
Collaborating institutions of HENA include North and South American organizations such as the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico; the WORLD Policy Analysis Center; UCL Institute of Health Equity; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Pan American Health Organization; FIOCRUZ; FEIM; Caricom; the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and others joining by the day.
Mission: To promote knowledge sharing and action to promote health equity and human rights as priority issues in the Americas.
Vision: An intersectoral network dedicated to promoting health equity and equality in the Americas, especially for those groups living in contexts of vulnerability.
Our values demonstrate who we are and what we do. We stand for the following values, and ensure each action we take is grounded in and infused by these potent and foundational elements:
Action, Human Rights, Diversity, Equity, Social Justice, Intersectoral, Horizontality, Inclusion, Commitment, Collaboration
Equitable health: the foundation of the Americas' potential.
Health is foundational and informs our region’s potential:
We are an intersectoral network dedicated to achieving health equity and equality in the Americas, especially for those groups living in contexts of vulnerability.
We commit to a human rights and social determinants approach to health.
We embody collaboration.
We insist on inclusion.
We monitor health equity for you.
For your children.
For your country.
For a region unified by health.
You have a right to wellbeing. Build a healthy region with us: Join our movement.
Aligned with the PAHO Independent Commission on Equity and Inequalities in Health in the Americas, the Network will focus on these priority areas:
North America: Canada, US, Mexico
Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
Caribbean: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago
South America: Brazil, Guyana, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela,
Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Spain, UK
Dr. Rodríguez is professor and vice chair in the UCLA Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health Sciences, founding director of the Health Equity Network of the Americas, and founding chair of the UCLA Minor in Global Health. His research activities focus on health equity and social determinants of health. He is a leading researcher and policy expert in the areas of intimate partner violence, social cohesion, quality of health care and health for immigrants and other groups across the age spectrum. He has published widely and consulted for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Medicine. He is also a board member for the Blue Shield of California Foundation and Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. Dr. Rodriguez is currently Investigator of a NIH-funded project examining how state-level policies for immigrants impact their health and access to health care. He is also Co-PI for the UCLA University of California Firearm Violence Prevention Center. Dr. Rodríguez completed his undergraduate training at the University of California, Berkeley, attended medical school at UCLA, and completed his residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He obtained his master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Stanford-UCSF Program. Dr. Rodríguez collaborates with and mentors junior faculty and trainees in the US and Latin America.
Kali Basman, M.P.H., is the Strategic Director for the Health Equity Network of the Americas, as well as an internationally celebrated Yoga teacher and self proclaimed travel aficionado. Kali has directed expert intersectoral networks to innovate sustainable development initiatives locally, regionally, and internationally for pressing socio-environmental issues ranging from water quality to clean cooking solutions, gender equity movements, and yoga for trauma healing. She has worked extensively to address access to quality health treatment and secondary education for indigenous populations across Latin America, and has designed environmental curricula and social change modules disseminated to schools in over 100 countries.
***Stay tuned for HENA full website launching later this month***