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See the links below for 2022 Minority Health Month events.

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.

Mission Statement


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

Good Health Begins with You



Hispanic Heritage Month

About Hispanic Heritage Month

The observance we celebrate as Hispanic Heritage Month originally started in 1968, as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In August 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observance to cover 30 days starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

The U.S. Hispanic population, which accounts for over 62 million U.S. citizens, is diverse. Hispanic/Latino communities trace their heritage to Spanish-speaking countries in South and Central America, as well as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Spain.

The timing of Hispanic Heritage Month reflects the diversity within the U.S. Hispanic population. September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, including:

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua

Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Additionally, many Latin and Spanish-speaking countries commemorate their indigenous people by celebrating Día de la Raza on October 12, which also falls within these 30 days.

Click graphic to find out more information on this event!



FY23 Minority Health Month Grant Applications are open!
To access the RFP Click HERE

FY23 MIH Demonstration Grant Applications are closed

To access the RFP Click HERE

The OCMH had a wonderful FY22 Minority Health Month Kickoff and 35th Anniversary Celebration!

To view the 2022 Minority Health Month Kickoff: Click HERE

view the 2022 Minority Heath Month Panel Discussion: Click HERE

Good Health Begins with You! ®   


The Ohio Checkbook

The Ohio Checkbook serves as the singular and most trusted resource for Ohioans to obtain both local and state financial information. To find out more about how Ohio government is, "...putting transparency at your fingertips," please visit:  Ohio Checkbook - Home

Ohio Health Equity Work Group

The Commission on Minority Health is a part of the Ohio Health Equity Work Group which was coordinated by the Ohio Department of Health to focus on COVID response and recovery from a health equity lens.  This resulted in multiple recommendations to address racial and ethnic populations along with the creation of the comprehensive report – Ohio’s COVID-19 Populations Needs Assessment – Minimizing the Disparate Impact of the Pandemic and Building Foundations for Health Equity.

The report identifies the unique needs of Ohio’s diverse populations at-risk for disparities in accessing COVID-19 protective strategies and the foundations for long-term wellness.

The report provided recommendations about:

HOW to equitably design, resource, and implement CDC protections to prevent disease spread and lay foundations for long-term wellness.

WHAT public interventions need to take place in order to reduce the disparate impact and promote long-term population wellness. 

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  For up-to-date information about the impact of COVID-19 on Ohio please visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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Racism is a Public Health Issue




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