Mission, Vision & History

We stand for and ensure each action we take is grounded in and infused by these potent and foundational values:

Action, Human Rights, Diversity, Equity, Social Justice, Intersectoral, Horizontality, Inclusion, Commitment, Collaboration

The Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA) is a vibrant, intersectoral community that seeks to drive action for a healthy future.

Its membership represents civil society, government and academia from 26 nations in the Americas and the Caribbean.



To promote knowledge sharing and intersectoral action for health equity and human rights as priority issues in the Americas.


An intersectoral network dedicated to promoting health equity and equality in the Americas, especially for vulnerable populations.


  1. To identify, promote and share health equity policies and practices based on a human rights approach
  2. To encourage action on promoting health equity through policies and practices that consider social determinants of health and human rights
  3. To monitor progress and impact of health-related policies


In November 2017 in Cuernavaca, Mexico, the Health Equity in the Americas convening forged intersectoral partnerships to promote health equity and the resulting emergence of Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA). Providing evidence-based and human rights-focused recommendations for health equity, participants of the Summit developed the Declaration of Cuernavaca This declaration, born from the rich exchange of experience and insight of the diverse group, expressed a combined enthusiasm to establish a horizontal collaboration in the form of a Knowledge-Sharing and Action Network on Health Equity in the Americas.