Minority Health at Columbus Public Health

Program Information

Columbus Public Health is collaborating with Black Doctors Columbus Ohio

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Columbus Public Health is collaborating with Black Doctors Columbus Ohio to increase the awareness of their public health priorities in our minority populations. The goal is to decrease the gaps in public health by gaining access to those who are experiencing health disparities.

About Minority Health

The Office of Minority Health works to eliminate differences in health status between racial and ethnic minority and non-minority populations by providing leadership and guidance on best ways to address racial and ethnic health disparity and specific health needs of racial and ethnic minority groups.

Mission:  To provide leadership to reduce health inequities in minority communities of Columbus and its surrounding areas.

Vision:  The office ultimately envisions a society where the opportunity for health equity exists for all persons and ideally, eliminates the social and economic barriers to good health.

What do we mean by "Disparities"? Minorities

  • Health Disparities    are the differences in rates of disease, health outcomes and access to healthcare found between different groups of people.
  • Healthcare Disparities    are the differences in the quality of care received by different groups.
  • Health Equity    is a basic principle of public health - that all people have a right to health. Racial and ethnic minorities tend to receive a lower quality of healthcare than non-minorities, even when other factors are the same, such as insurance and income.


Minority Health Month

April is Minority Heath Month. In 1989, the Ohio Commission on Minority Health developed the concept of a high-visibility campaign designed to focus on heath awareness and disease prevention. This 30-day campaign consists of numerous activities designed to solicit the interest and participation of minorities or providers of health services to minority populations. In 2000, Minority Health Month became a national celebration. The five goals established for the month from inception remain valid today:

  • Provide crucial information to allow individuals to practice disease prevention;
  • Promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Showcase the resources for and providers of grassroots healthcare and information
  • Highlight the resolution of disparate health conditions between Ohio's minority and non minority populations, and
  • To gain additional support for on-going efforts to improve minority health year round.

Minority Health Month Activities

2 Day community health education events that focus on nutrition and physical activity through interactive activities

April 5, 2014  - Minority Health Month Kickoff Event at Gladden Community House (183 Hawkes Avenue) from 10am -2pm


April 9, 2014  - Family Fun Night (Lets Move, Unnatural Causes) at J. Ashburn (85 S. Clarendon Avenue) from 6:30pm to 9:30pm


Workshops and forums that are designed to engage the community in dialogue about their understanding of the importance of taking personal responsibility for their health and well being

April 12, 2014  - Consumer Empowerment Workshop from 10am to 2pm; Love Zion Baptist Church (Love Zion Baptist Church, 1459 Madison Ave)


April 16, 2014  - Latino Community Forum from 9:30am to 11:30am; Topic- Community Healthcare Resources; Guadalupe Center (441 Industry Drive)


April 18, 2014  - Health Awareness Workshop from 9am to 12pm; Impact Inc. (700 Bryden Road)


April 26, 2014  - Somali Community forum from 2pm to 4pm; Topic-Mental Health; Somali Community Association of Ohio (3422 Cleveland Avenue)



Office of Minority Health 4 Core Work Areas

  1. Monitor and report the health status of minority populations
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people to make choice about their health
  5. Mobilize community partnerships
  7. Develop policies and plans to support health efforts


We are part of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health

Created in 1987, the Ohio Commission on Minority Health serves as the lead agency for six local offices in Ohio:

  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Cleveland
  • Akron
  • Toledo
  • Youngstown

The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA)

The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) is intended to lead local offices of minority health and its partners toward a shared destination: a nation free of health disparities, with quality health outcomes among racial and ethnic minority populations.  The NPA is an initiative of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health in partnership with a broad, diverse array of partners.  The NPA is intended to serve as a catalyst for leadership action around five core objectives:

• Increased awareness of health disparities
• Strengthened leadership at all levels
• Improved patient-provider communication
• Improved cultural and linguistic competency
• Improved coordination and utilization of research and evaluation outcomes

  HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

  National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity

  National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities: Toolkit for Community Action


The Effective and Empowered Health Care Consumer Workshop

  Become An Active Partner in Your Health Care. It Leads To Better Health.

Improving your health starts with you.  Funded by Columbus Medical Association and Columbus Public Health, this workshop gives you the tools you need to partner with your doctor by preparing for your visit, what to do while at your visit, and how to follow-up after your visit.  Your instructor will guide you through a workbook of tools and local resources that coach you in:  

  • Maintaining your health records
  • Preparing for healthcare visits.
  • Communicate confidently with your healthcare provider (asking questions and providing information).
  • Understanding how to be a full partner in your healthcare and to follow your treatment plan.

Workshops are free and are held at various places around Columbus. They have been held at libraries, senior housing complexes, churches, and recreation centers. Call to find the workshop closest to you or to arrange one for a group.

Evaluation of the Local Office

Evaluation is an integral part of all planning efforts. When we conceptualize, write, or implement a program we should pay attention to evaluation very closely. This becomes more important for health programs as stakeholders, funders, and legislators demand more accountability, and as staff and administrators want to know more about the implementation and effectiveness of their programs.
The Ohio Commission on Minority Health (OCMH) funded a Research and Evaluation Enhancement Program (REEP) to bring together Ohio evaluation experts who have experience evaluating culturally diverse health research projects.




Unequal Health: The Black/White Gap in Franklin County

A New Way to Talk About The Social Determinants of Health

Survey of Advisory Committee Members of Six Local Offices of Minority Health in Ohio

Addressing Disparity in Health and Health Care for Racial and Ethnic Minorities: An Organizational Internal Assessment  
Information about an internal assessment conducted at Columbus Public Health. This assessment was designed to look at the department's efforts in the delivery of care to racial and ethnic minority populations.

Somali Community Project: Access and Utilization of Health Care Services for the Somali Population Living in Columbus, Ohio   - Columbus, Ohio has the second largest Somali community in U.S., with an estimated 45,000 Somalis living in this area. The Somali community in Columbus has many health needs and access to health services is often complicated by language barriers and lack of health advocates.  Many have little or no formal education and minimal English skills, and thus are not aware of the services that may be available to them.  The Office of Minority Health has created a student project to assess the access and utilization of health care services by the Somali population living in Columbus, Ohio to advise their work and the work of other health care providers serving Somali residents.


Office of Minority Health Briefing Papers

The mission of the Office of Minority Health is to provide leadership to reduce health inequities in minority communities of Columbus and its surrounding areas.  We have an important role in activating efforts to educate citizens and professionals on imperative health care issues.  The local office works to recognize and  support programs by providing technical assistance for program planning and evaluation.



Native American - Coming April 2014

African American - Coming 2015 

Location, Hours, Contact


240 Parsons Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43215


8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri


Ryan E. Johnson, MPH