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In the Spotlight - April is Minority Health Month!

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.

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.

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



Previously in Spotlight
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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