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DUE TO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY for COVID-19, We will be holding our board meeting scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020 at 9:00 am via conference call. The public is invited to join this call. Call in number: 1-614-230-0229 Meeting ID: 881795#

“April is Minority Health Month!” Activities in your area are in HOLD STATUS. Please check here periodically for future dates and times of MHM rescheduled events.

Certified Pathways HUBs Earn Best Practice Designation! Visit our News page to learn more about the "Best Practice” evidence-based designation by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP).

The Ohio Commission on Minority Health is dedicated to eliminating disparities in minority health through innovative strategies and financial opportunities, public health promotion, legislative action, public policy and systems change.

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The Ohio Commission on Minority Health’s Vision is to achieve health parity among Ohio’s minority populations.

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Joint Statement from Ohio Conference of the NAACP, Ohio Commission on Minority Health and the Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Conference of the NAACP, Ohio Commission on Minority Health and the Ohio Department of Health have prepared this joint statement providing information to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on racial and ethnic minority communities. 

The community spread of COVID-19 is an unfortunate reality. It is important to dispel myths that convey racial and ethnic minorities are less susceptible to COVID-19.  This is simply not true. Access to care can be a challenge for minorities which could result in a greater impact from COVID-19. The response to COVID-19 requires intentional strategies to ensure those who are most vulnerable within racial and ethnic minority populations have access to testing, treatment and critical resources. Racial and ethnic minorities are encouraged to be proactive in their efforts to protect themselves from contracting COVID-19.  It is important to heed the advice of public health leaders and healthcare providers which encourages social distancing and good hygiene practices. On March 15, 2020 the national NAACP hosted an Emergency Tele-Townhall on COVID-19. This national broadcast discussed the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. More information on the Tele-Townhall can be found at https://naacp.org/emergency-coronavirus-tele-town-hall/.  For up-to-date information about the impact of COVID-19 on Ohio please visit  http://coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH. The phones are staffed from 9:00am to 8:00pm each day.

Racism is a Public Health Issue

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200514/franklin-county-lsquoracism-is-public-health-crisisrsquo

The Franklin County Board of Health has joined a growing number of cities and counties that have declared racism a public health crisis.

The board also said it acknowledged the health impact of racism in Ohio and Franklin County is affecting the entire community.

The board of health said racism and segregation in Ohio and Franklin County have exacerbated a health divide resulting in black Ohioans having lower life expectancies than white Ohioans, being far more likely than other races to die prematurely, and to die of heart disease or stroke, according to the Health Policy Institute of Ohio.

 

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200601/businesses-join-columbus-city-council-anti-racism-resolution

Columbus City Council’s resolution calls for the city to address minority health inequities, including a systematic, data-driven focus on poverty, economic mobility and other factors that impact the social determinants of health.

 

Cleveland council committee approves resolution that would declare racism a public health crisis

https://www.cleveland19.com/2020/06/01/cleveland-council-committee-approves-resolution-that-would-declare-racism-public-health-crisis/