The Commission is pleased to present a special edition of our HUE to commemorate our Director Emeritus,
Ms, Cheryl Boyce.
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Tribute to Mrs. Cheryl A. Boyce
"Our National Mother of Minority Health"
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.”
It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of a Mrs. Cheryl A. Boyce. Giving honor where honor is due, on behalf of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health Board and Staff, we are forever grateful for the life and service of our beloved Executive Director Emeritus Cheryl Boyce for her tireless efforts as a national and state trailblazer in Minority Health.
When she began her service to the Commission on Minority Health in 1985, the issue of racial and ethnic health disparities was seldom acknowledged but she insisted on starting the discussion. She is known nationally as the “Mother of Minority Health” because her diligent efforts brought forth the establishment of the national, state and local infrastructure to address racial and ethnic health disparities through the creation of the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health, as well as the Ohio Ethnic Health Coalitions and the Ohio Local Offices of Minority Health. Her influence is immeasurable as she served a role model, mentor, and “Mom” to hundreds of professionals as she personally encouraged them to be diligent in addressing health disparities. Her groundbreaking efforts in Ohio resulted in culturally and linguistically appropriate chronic disease prevention initiatives, replication and expansion of effective prevention models, the creation of the Research Enhancement Evaluation Program and establishing the validity of health disparities at policy tables. It is on her shoulders that we stand, and we are forever indebted to her husband Russell, daughter Ebony and her extended family for sharing her with us.
She often closed her presentations with these words – “Go in search of your people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start with what they know. Build on what they have. But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say ‘We have done this ourselves.” – Lao Tzu
Ms. Cheryl, we could not have done this work without you!!