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Who We Are. What We Do.

Our Mission

The Health Equity Coalition for Chronic Disease (HECCD) believes that all people deserve the best possible health care. Continuing to allow outdated coverage policies to restrict access for communities dependent on public programs is counter to the principles of health equity. The Health Equity Coalition for Chronic Disease’s mission is to ensure that community experts, policymakers, providers, and other stakeholders work together to eliminate barriers to healthcare for communities of color, especially as related to access to care and treatment for obesity and other chronic diseases. 

Our Co-Chairs

Black Women’s Health Imperative

The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is the first nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls. Since inception, the organization has been at the forefront of women’s health issues, through comprehensive public education initiatives that promote overall wellness of Black women.

Dr. Gary A. Puckrein

Dr. Puckrein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum (formerly the National Minority Health Month Foundation), a not-for-profit organization that he founded in 1998. The Forum addresses the critical need for strengthening national and local efforts to use evidence-based, data-driven initiatives to guide programs to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness for racial and ethnic minorities and other special populations.

Dr. Elena Rios

Dr. Rios serves as President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, (NHMA), an organization dedicated to improving the health of Hispanics.  Dr. Rios also serves as President of NHMA’s National Hispanic Health Foundation to direct educational and research activities. Dr. Rios also serves on Better Medicare Alliance and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda Boards of Directors, Centene Health Policy Advisory Committee, Centene Health Equity Committee, Cancer Treatment Centers for America Hispanic Advisory Council, Morehouse Health Equity Committee, Office of Research on Women’s Health Advisory Committee, NIH, US Department of Health and Human Services, and the VA National Academic Affiliations Council.

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