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Ohio Commission on Minority Health - State Partnership Program

Grantee Information

Ohio Commission on Minority Health
77 S. High St Ste. 7, Columbus, OH
(614) 466-4000 (Phone)
614-752-9049 (Fax)

The mission of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health is to take a national and state-level leadership role in creating and supporting innovative health promotion and disease prevention strategies to improve the quality of life and life expectancy for minority populations.

Grant Project Information

FY10 State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health
Cheryl Boyce
(614) 466-4000


The Ohio Commission on Minority Health has made a strategic decision to target health disparities in the state, particularly the related problems of diabetes and obesity. The project will also contribute to improving access to health care through a community-based system, improving the diversity of the health care workforce and promoting the use of an evidence-based approach. Persistent health disparities diminish the quality of life and life expectancy of Ohio’s racial and ethnic residents. Diabetes and obesity, specifically, are afflicting minority populations. To address these issues, the Commission seeks to improve access to culturally competent information and services to include more lay leaders as resource support for chronic disease self-management. The project will work collaboratively with community partners to improve diversity in the healthcare workforce for provision of community-based services that will prevent diabetes and obesity, and improve health outcomes for individuals diagnosed with diabetes. The four components of the project are the training of community health workers, demonstration projects using the Standard University self-management program and Diabetes Self-management program models, training master trainers on the models, and formalization of partnerships to institutionalize and expand the use of the models throughout the state. The project’s expected outcomes include improving access to culturally competent information and services, improving weight management, glycemic control and other health outcomes for minority, diabetic patients and their families, and establishing partnerships that will build efforts within communities to increase the use of trained lay health leaders. In order to determine if such outcomes are reached, the project will conduct post-training assessment of the lay leader trainings and annual surveys of lay leaders to measure the effects of training in the community. Clinical outcome measures will be used to compare baseline measures to measures taken at the end of the workshop. Patient self reports will also be reviewed.

OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute:

  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)

Key Healthy People 2010 objectives or subobjectives toward which your project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):

Healthy People objectives were not specifically identified.

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