The Center for Public Health Innovation envisions Columbus as a united community where ALL residents are safe, healthy, and free to live long, fulfilling lives.


The Center for PublicHealth Innovation was newly created during the COVID-19 pandemic by Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr.Mysheika Roberts to reduce health inequities, raise life expectancy and improvequality of life by addressing racism in Columbus. 


Racism is a Public Health Issue:


Race does not predict health and life outcomes - racism does 

Racism is the belief that one race is superior to others and that the qualities and abilities of people are determined by race. It also refers to the parts of society that keep people of some racial groups from having the same privileges and opportunities as people from other races. Research has shown that the neighborhood you live in, your access to quality housing, healthy food, a good job, and a good education have a greater impact on your health than your genes.

Dr. Camara Jones' cliff analogy also illustrates how these forces rooted in race, gender, zip code and economic inequality can push some groups of people into poorer, sicker, and shorter lives as if they are pushed off good health as seen in the figure below. When we address these conditions along the top of the cliff, and dismantle policies and practices that continue to keep these factors that cause inequalities we can create a path to good health for ALL. 



The center's mission is carried out through the work of our 3 sections: Community Engagement & Participatory Planning, Capacity Building & Education, and Policy, Research & Evaluation. To learn more about these sections and what we have accomplished so far scroll down to learn more or email us at [email protected]

Community Engagement & Participatory Planning Works across Columbus Public Health to build community relationships & trust, while bringing community voices into program planning, evaluation, acute community situations and spreading messages to the community from the health department.

Capacity Building & Education Build equity expertise and support across Columbus Public Health and equip community partners with the skills, resources and ability to improve health equity. 

Policy, Research & Evaluation

Researches and recommends policies to advance equity while collaborating with other programs to evaluate equity impacts and department-wide work plans.

Commission on Black Girls

The Commission on Black Girls provides support, resources, and advocacy for programs and policies that advance equity and enhance the quality of life for Black girls in Columbus. The Commission focuses on girls 11-22 years old. 

If you would like to learn more about the Center for Public Health Innovation please contact us at [email protected]

Try the PlaySpent Simulator The PlaySpent Simulator was made to help people understand the challenges and hard to make decisions made everyday by people who do not have secure employment or health insurance living in poverty.

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Links and Resources:

   Health Equity Guide hosted by Human Impact Partners - https://healthequityguide.org/

   All-in Cities Racial Equity Impact Assessment https://allincities.org/toolkit/racial-equity-impact-assessments

   CDC Health Equity https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/healthequity/index.htm

   CDC Social Determinants of Health Map https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/maps/quick-maps/index.htm

   APHA Health Equity https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/health-equity

   RWFJ Health Equity https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/features/achieving-health-equity.html