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In Memoriam


It is with great sadness that the Ohio Commission on Minority Health shares news of the passing of Dr. W. David Leak. Dr. Leak was a member of the Governor's Task Force that created the Commission, as well as one of the original Commissioners appointed during our inaugural year. Dr. Leak was appointed to the Commission by then Governor, Richard Celeste in 1987.


As a 1979 graduate of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Dr. Leak became a noted Anesthesiologist, with numerous hospital, administrative and special appointments at the state and federal level, to his credit.


Please join the Commission in extending condolences as well as thoughts of care and comfort to Mrs. Melanie Leak, their children and family. Thank you.


 For the latest update on Ebola information, please visit the
Ohio Department of Health at the link, below. 


  Ohio’s level of infant death and the racial disparity in birth outcomes and infants reaching age one have not gone away.  Ohio is now #50 in black infant mortality and not much higher among the states in white and overall infant death ranking.


THE GOOD NEWS:  Ohioans are waking up to the severity of our infant mortality situation.  People and organizations all over Ohio are gearing up to accept the challenge of getting our babies to their first birthdays. 


Infant mortality is everybody’s problem, and we’ve just begun to address it.   Whether you have already joined the effort or are just about to,  for the FREE 2014 Ohio Infant Mortality Summit on Dec. 3-4 in Columbus, where you can learn, be inspired, network, and get concrete ideas and methods to improve women’s and infants’ health in your community. 


Join us in December to help Ohio STEP UP to CATCH UP with other states and the nation.


The Commission Seeks a Diverse Pool of Minority Health Evaluators-Welcome Dr. Jiunn-Jye Sheu MSPH, PhD, MCHES

The Commission welcomes new REEP approved Evaluator, Dr. Jiunn-Jye (JJ) Sheu  MSPH, PhD, MCHES! Dr. Sheu is an Associate Professor and Coordinator/PhD in the Health Education Program, within the Department of Health and Recreation Professions - College of Health Sciences at the University of Toledo. 

Are you a public health evaluator with experience working within minority communities? Are you interested in helping minority health obtain research based evaluation measures for the purpose of increased health equity?

The Commission invites evaluators with experience assessing minority health grants and research projects to be a part of Research and Evaluation Enhancement Program (REEP). For more information, click here or contact  Dr. Joann Mawasha at joann.mawasha@wright.edu  or 937-775-4300.


In the Spotlight

November 2014  American Diabetes Awareness Month

November 2014  Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 20, 2014  Great American Smokeout

October 2014  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 29, 2014  The HHS Partnership Center has updated webinars on the health care law for faith and community organizations. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session. To participate in the ”How to Become A Certified Application Counselor and Champion for Coverage” webinar, you will need to register at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/920158447 and submit the necessary information. After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact ACA101@hhs.gov if you have problems registering or if you have any questions about the health care law. You may also join the webinar by telephone only. 

To Join By Phone Only:
Dial (951)- 266-6124
Access Code: 829-058-464 

For those joining by phone only, the Pin Number is the # key. Certified Application Counselors (CACs) are volunteers who enroll people in the Health Insurance Marketplace. CAC organizations train CACs and plan enrollment events. Champions for Coverage educate people in their community about the health care law and receive invitations to conference calls and webinars. Please join us on September 29 at Noon Central Time to learn more about CACs, CAC organizations and Champions for Coverage.

September 21 - September 27, 2014  - Native American Week Native American Day has been in existence in Ohio since the fall of 1987, but many in Ohio, including the Native American population, were not aware of its existence. The June 2014 House Concurrent Resolution 26 extends the celebration of Ohio’s rich heritage from a single day in September to a full week.

September 20, 2014   The Multiple Myeloma Symposium Poster will be held at the 3rd Episcopal District AME Church Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.  The luncheon keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Charles E. Booth, Senior Pastor, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio. Topics will include: What is Multiple Myeloma 101A; Treatment options; the latest research information and fellowship with others with Multiple Myeloma. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary gas cards will be available for those participants traveling more than 50 miles to attend.

9:30am - Registration
10:00am - 2:00pm - Program

To register for this event, please visit
For questions, please contact Cheryl Boyce at cheryl@mmore.org or 614-754-6798.

September 15 - October 15, 2014   Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15, 2014
   The Health Policy Institute of Ohio 

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio is seeking a full-time Director of Health Data and Analytics.  Specific responsibilities include leading organizational data management activities including data extraction, entry, analysis and reporting and assisting the policy team with research and analysis.

Candidates for the Director of Health Data and Analytics should have an advanced degree and 3-5 years of professional experience. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include health insurance and generous retirement benefits.

The full job posting is available by
clicking here.

Please submit a letter of application with a curriculum vitae/resume to Amy Rohling McGee, President, Health Policy Institute of Ohio at arohlingmcgee@hpio.net with the position title in the subject field by September 24, 2014.  HPIO is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

September  9, 2014    Navigator Grant Recipients for States with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace. Click HERE for more details.

September 8, 2014    Please join the Small Business Administration, Department of Health and Human Services for a call on the Affordable Care Act & the Small Business Health Options Program (the small business marketplace). In particular, HHS will discuss the Small Business Health Options early access programThe call will take place Monday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m. EST.  This call is for engagement purposes and is closed to the press.  HHS will also take questions and provide answers. Please RSVP to join them by clicking HERE.


Full Registration Link:


More information about SHOP Early Access:


Many Ohioans are just now beginning to learn that we are near the bottom among the states in terms of babies, and especially African-American babies, dying before their first birthday.  Our fellow citizens are also beginning to learn some of the reasons why this sad situation exists, as well as what can be done do to turn it around.  Despite many long-running local and statewide efforts, the status quo is not working catch us up to other states and the nation.  Things must change.  Raising awareness to a much higher and broader level is essential for needed changes to take place.   

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month is a great opportunity to reinforce the message and make sure folks in every part of Ohio begin to think about and do something about improving the health of our women and babies by making positive changes in their own communities. 
August           2014      
National Immunization Month and National Breastfeeding Month

June   19       2014       World Sickle Cell Day

June   19       2014       National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities will host a webinar entitled, "Promoting Health Equity through Programs and Policies" on June 19 from 2pm - 3pm EDT. Click HERE to register. The topic will be: Maximizing Returns on Public Health Investments: Structural and  Policy Initiatives to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity. Speakers are: Greg Moody, MPhil, Director, Ohio Office of Health Transformation Angela Dawson, MS, MRC, Executive Director, Ohio Commission on Minority Health Johnnie “Chip” Allen, MPH, Office of Health Equities Director, Ohio Department of Health

June  11        2014      The Health Policy Institute of Ohio will host a webinar: A Quick Look at the Online Guide to Evidence-Based Prevention. Earlier this year, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio created a new tool called "The Online Guide to Evidence-Based Prevention." The guide provides policymakers, funders, and prevention planners with a common understanding of "evidence-based practice" and tools to identify effective strategies to prevent Ohio's high-priority health problems. Please join them for this 30-minute webinar to get a brief overview of this new resource and guidance on how to use it.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Capacity is limited to 100 participants. 

June 10 - 13 2014      The Ohio State University Presents the Summer Institute for Diversity in Nursing.  
Students can download the Summer Institute for Diversity in Nursing brochure and program application at www.nursing.osu.edu/SIDN. To view a brief video about the Summer Institute for Diversity in Nursing, click here.

June 8           2014       Men's Health Week

June  6          2014    The Ohio Commission on Minority Health Cordially Invites you to the 2014 Capacity Building Training, Friday, June 6, 2014,                                                       9:00  a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio 43240. Featured plenary speakers include former                                             Senator Ray Miller & Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Executive Director, Charleta B. Tavares. To register online use the                                            following link: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OCMHCBReg. To download and application and forward it to the Commission, click here.

June  4           2014       Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) presents: Implementing the National Culturally and Linguistically
                                         Appropriate Service (CLAS) Standards - A free two hour class held on June 4, 5 and 26. Please visit the MACC website for
                                         training registration materials and locations at www.maccinc.net/

May   27     2014
       Ohio Commission on Minority Health
 - Lupus Grant Meeting at Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place,
       Columbus, Ohio 43240. Registration begins at 8:30am. The program begins at 9am and concludes at 5pm

May 21 2014 Ohio Commission on Minority Health - Demonstration Grant Meeting at Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio 43240. Registration begins at 8:30am. The program begins at 9am and concludes at 5pm. CURRENT GRANTEES ONLY.
May   20        2014        
Ohio Commission on Minority Health - Local Office on Minority Health Meeting at Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place,                                                     Columbus, Ohio 43240. Registration begins at 8:30am. The program begins at 9am and concludes at 5pm. CURRENT GRANTEES ONLY.

May   21-22  2014         The Ohio Fatherhood Commission
presents its FREE Ohio Fatherhood Summit on May 21 and May 22, 2014. To register, click here.

May    14       2014        The 2014 Annual Ohio ACCN Research Seminar:  Addressing Cancer Health Disparities in Appalachia will be held on Wednesday, May 14th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Longaberger Alumni House in Columbus. This year’s seminar includes presentations about cancer disparities data, environmental risk, tobacco control, colorectal cancer, women’s health, and survivorship.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  There is no cost to attend, but all attendees must register with Marianne Kanfer at 614-293-7020 or Marianne.kanfer@osumc.edu by May 7th.

May                 2014        Lupus Awareness Month 

April  26        2014
The Ohio State University's Coalition of Students Advocating for Individuals with Disabilities is sponsoring
Columbus’ First Disability Pride Parade this April 26, 2014, 11:30-2:30 pm, at Fred Beekman Park.  Find out more about this exciting event and pre-register or sign up to volunteer by clicking here
April  11       2014        
The Ohio Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs presents: Behavioral Health and Fighting Substance Abuse Among Latinos.                                                                 Click here for free registration.

April              2014        Capital Improvement Initiative Funding Partnership - Through the Capital Improvement Initiative, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and The Columbus Foundation will jointly solicit, review and fund capital grants in support of established and effective local nonprofit organizations. Funding may be directed to, but not limited to, property acquisition, construction, major renovations and equipment purchases. Proposals will be accepted through GO! Grants Online, The Columbus Foundation online grantmaking system at: https://tcfapp.org/SecureFolder/Login/SignIn.aspx

April              2014
       National Minority Health Month - Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity. This theme reflects the critical connection between prevention strategies and reducing health disparities, and affords us an opportunity to highlight the importance of HHS’ investments in prevention – including the Affordable Care Act and the HHS Action Plan to End Health Disparities.

March  31     2014      
Healthcare Enrollment Deadline!!!  If you haven't enrolled, please visit www.healthcare.gov and enroll today!

March  27     2014
      Minority Health Expo 2014!  State Minority Health Month Kick-Off

March 25       2014       Realizing the Potential of Health Insurance Data -  Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a webinar on March 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET to learn how states and regional health collaboratives across the country are creating and evolving all-payer claims databases (APCDs) to encourage health system measurement and health care improvement activities. The webinar will cover key elements of an APCD, insights into their formation, and how to develop reports and analyses based on data. Evolving case studies from Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Vermont highlight successes, challenges, and lessons learned. Register Here.

March  21     2014    
 Listen to the National Conference of State Legislature's free webinar describing the outreach and enrollment requirements for health exchanges, the current effort and strategies, and lessons learned from effective outreach and enrollment approaches. 

March             2014      Kaiser Family Foundation Webinar: The ACA and What It Means for Black Americans (Transcript)

February  27, 2014    President Obama will unveil his new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, taking action with foundations, businesses, and faith-based and other community leaders to make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential.

February        2014     Kirwan Institute Connects Race, Policy & Infant Mortality in Latest Brief    

Startling data from the Kirwan Institute’s recent report illustrates the grave reality of infant mortality rates in the state of Ohio. Just four years ago, “Ohio had the 4th highest infant mortality rate in the nation” and there is striking evidence of health disparities in these rates, as “black infants are twice are likely to die in Ohio during their first year of life compared to white infants.” The latest issue brief from The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, “Infant Mortality in Ohio”, closely analyzes these alarming  statistics, placing special focus on the health disparities that exist among races, as well as the multiple levels of society that impact maternal health and infant mortality. “Infant Mortality in Ohio” is now available for download by visiting http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/infant-mortality-in-ohio/. More information on social determinants of health can also be found by downloading the Kirwan Institute brochure found here: http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu//docs/New-SDH-brochure-FINAL.pdf.

February  2014 
      American Heart Month

2014       State Launches Human Trafficking Public Awareness Campaign

In January 2014, Governor John R. Kasich launched the statewide Human Trafficking Public Awareness Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to educate the public about the crime of human trafficking and to promote the appropriate method for reporting human trafficking situations. Materials and messaging for Ohio’s anti-human trafficking campaign, including ads, billboards, and posters, are available for free download to the public.  All materials are available here



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About the Commission
Each year the Commission shall distribute grants from available funds to community based health groups for the purpose of health promotion and disease prevention among members of minority groups. “Minority Groups” means any of the following racial and ethnic groups: African AmericanNative American IndianAsian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino American.  

The diseases and conditions on which the Commission focuses are: CardiovascularCancersDiabetesInfant Mortality, Substance Abuse and Violence. The Commission also focuses on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus through other legislation.  

Current Grantees

Demonstration Grants 2014 - 2015
Local Offices of Minority Health - Click on the links below
2014 Minority Health Month Grants
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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