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Good Health Begins With you!



Dr. Martin Luther King


Please be advised that the Commission will close at 4:30 pm, Friday October 9, 2015, due to a mandatory state office building fire drill in the Riffe Center. Re-entry into the building will not be possible prior to state of Ohio close of business hours at 5pm.


Furthermore, the Commission will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2015 due to the federal holiday, Columbus Day.


The office will open at 8:00 am, Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Thank you.



Medical Expert Panel: Achieving Equity and Eliminating Infant Mortality Disparities within Racial and Ethnic Populations: From Data to Action

Release Date:  September 18, 2015 - Medical Expert Panel White Paper Series 
Volume 1 – Infant Mortality

The Commission announces the release of its first whitepaper, in a series of papers, that summarize the findings of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health’s Medical Expert Panel (OCMHMEP). The OCMHMEP’s sole purpose is to offer insight and recommendations to eliminate disparities in chronic diseases that disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minorities.

The 2016 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Request for Proposal

 is open.

Due to the submission original deadline coinciding with a holiday,

October 12, 2015, the 2016 SLE RFP is due the next business day,

  October 13, 2016.
Click HERE to access the 2016 SLE RFP

The FY 16-17 Replication and Expansion of the Certified Pathways
Community HUB Model Grant will be re-released for a second round RFP process on Monday, October 12, 2015.

Please visit our webpage, beginning October 12th to access the RFP. 

Join us for the only second round HUB webinar on Oct 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM EDT.

Register now!


The FY 16-17 Replication & Expansion of the Certified Pathways Community HUB Model, Technical Assistance (TA) session will discuss the grant application process and provide information to assist you in the development of your proposal.

The Commission strongly encourages you to thoroughly read the application and to attend the TA session via webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Ohio State Government Sets New Records in Minority Purchasing

To read the full press release, please click HERE




Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the many ways in which Hispanic/Latino history and culture have shaped our nation’s path. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Legacy. Building Our Future.” Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and visit the Office of Minority Health website for more information on how you can get involved.


 Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15!


The Commission Seeks a Diverse Pool of Minority Health Evaluators
Are you a public health evaluator with experience working within minority communities? Are you interested in helping minority health agencies 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). Evaluators are engaged on a contracted basis, upon selection by Commission grantees. For more information, click here or contact  Dr. Joann Mawasha at joann.mawasha@wright.edu.


In the Spotlight

December 1, 2015 World AIDS Day - Click HERE for more information from the CDC.

November 2015 American Diabetes Month -
Click HERE for more information from the CDC.

November 2015 National American Indian and Alaskan Native Awareness Month - Click HERE for more information from the CDC.

October 16, 2015 National Mammography Day - Click HERE for more information from the CDC.

October 2015 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Click HERE for more information from the CDC. 

October 2015  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Click HERE for more information from the CDC. 

September 2015 National Recovery Month - Click HERE for more information from SAMHSA.

September 2015 National Infant Mortality Awareness Month  - Click HERE for more information from the CDC.

September 2015  National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month - Click HERE for more information from the CDC.

August 2015  National Breastfeeding Month - Click HERE to find out more information from the United States Breastfeeding Committee.

August 28-30  The Ohio Women's Conference on Alcoholics Anonymous presents it's 4th Annual Ohio Women’s Conference at the Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark Ohio August 28 - 30, 2015.  
“Singleness of Purpose-One Heart, One Mind.” Click HERE for registration information.

August 25-31 National Black Breastfeeding Week - " Lift Every Baby" - Click HERE for more information from Black Breastfeeding Week Org.

August 2015  National Immunization Awareness Month - Click HERE for more information from the CDC.

July 12 - 25   Lifeline of Ohio presents, 

Donate Life ECHO (Every Community Has Opportunity). Did you know

 nearly 58% of patients awaiting lifesaving transplants are minorities.
Register today to give hope to those waiting, www.lifelineofohio.org. #DonateLifeECHO

July 2015      ​Announcing Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E - learning Program for Promotores de Salud!  Think Cultural Health is pleased to announce the release of of Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E-learning Program for Promotores de Salud. This free e-learning program is offered exclusively online in Spanish and English and aims to build the capacity of promotores de salud to promote individual- and community-level changes towards good health. 

June 2015  National Safety Awareness Month - Click HERE for more information.

June 2015  Asian American Immigration Month - Click HERE for more information.
May 2015   Mental Health Awareness Month - Click Here for more information.

May 2015   National Stroke Awareness Month - Click HERE for more information.

May 2015   Lupus Awareness Month - Click HERE for more information on Lupus and Lupus Awareness Month.

April 2015  National Minority Health Month - The 2015 National Minority Health Month theme is, 30 years of Advancing Health Equity: The Heckler Report: A Force for ending health disparities in America.

March 26, 2015  Ohio Commission on Minority Health's Minority Health Month Kick Off! Our FREE event will take place from 9am - 2pm. Free Screenings, Healthy ethnic food samples, and more!  Click HERE for more details.

March 25, 2015  Ohio Business Expo Strategies to grow your minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Aladdin Shrine Center 3850 Stelzer Road Columbus, Ohio 43219. The Ohio Department of Administrative Services and Ohio Development Services Agency encourage you to network with state purchasing officials and learn more about opportunities to grow your business at this event. 

March 2, 2015    Re-Release of the OCMH Lupus RFP. Check the Funding Opportunities page on March 2nd or access the RFP.

March 2015  
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

January 30, 2015 - Extended Due date for the 2015-2016 Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). The
 goal of the MRSP program is to increase the number of applicants from a broader diverse pool of dental, medical and veterinary medicine 3rd or 4th year students. . Specific details about the program are available at the following website:   http://www.cc.nih.gov/training/mrsp/index.html.   

January 2015  National Blood Donor Awareness Month, National Birth Defects Prevention Month

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: CardiovascularCancers, DiabetesInfant 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
2015 Minority Health Month Grants
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

The Ohio Commission on Minority Health is a proud member of the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health. Click on the NASOMH button below to check out the newest "Featured Topics"!

Local Offices of Minority Health
Statewide Ethnic Health Coalitions
Native American 
African American - Details Coming Soon!
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The Ohio Commission on Minority Health
77 S. High Street, 18th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215
Office: 614.466.4000 Fax: 614.752.9049
Email: minhealth@mih.ohio.gov
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Web: http://mih.ohio.gov/