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The FY 21 Minority Health Month Round 4 application in now open! The application is due in our electronic grants management system (MHGM) on December 28, 2020. Please visit our Grant Opportunities page to access the RFP and submission details.

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.

Mission Statement


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

OCMH Grant Funding Available


The FY22 Demonstration Grant RFP and FY 22 Lupus Grant RFP are now open.


The Ohio Commission on Minority Health announces the availability of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for
FY 22 Demonstration and FY22 Lupus grants.

The RFPs outlining grant requirements and technical assistance sessions are on our website at, within the Grant Opportunities Page.

For additional questions, email the Ohio Commission on Minority Health at The deadline for funding application submission in the Minority Health Grants Management (MHGM) System is February 12, 2021.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Minority Health honored the work of Mrs. Cheryl Boyce during the plenary session of a recent Virtual Symposium

The virtural symposium highlighted key themes and the Department’s commitment to addressing COVID-19 disparities. To view the symposium, held on September 17, 2020, please visit the following link:

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. The phones are staffed from 9:00am to 8:00pm each day.

Racism is a Public Health Issue

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.

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