Upcoming Events:

Monday, October 9 – Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 2nd Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Heath, Hyatt Regency, Louisville, KY. Representatives from healthcare, education, the non-profit sector, the faith community, government, academia, and business will share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and discuss how to implement sustainable, community-focused interventions that target the root causes of poor health.

Thursday, August 10, 2017, Doors open at 5:30 p.m., film begins at 6 p.m. Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic (Free movie screening followed by Q&A session), Downtown Toledo Lucas County Public Library, McMaster Center, 325 N. Michigan St., Toledo, Ohio.

Sunday, August 13, 2017, 12 noon to 9:00 p.m. Barrio Latino Art Festival. Free Admission. Music, dancing, food, art, kid’s activities and so much fun. 1205 Broadway (corner of Broadway St. and Western St.), Toledo, OH. For vendor information, contact Linda Parra at: lindaparra@nuestragentecommunityprojects.org

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8:00 a.m., African American Male Wellness Walk. health fair, free health screenings, 5K walk/run. Warren A.M.E. Church. 915 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH.

Monday, September 25, 2017, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Community Briefing on the 2016/2017 Lucas County Health Assessment. Toledo-Lucas County Main Library, McMaster Center, 325 Michigan Avenue, Toledo, OH.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Community Briefing on the 2016/2017 Lucas County Health Assessment: A Closer Look at Minority Health. Neighborhood Health Association’s Nexus Health Care, 1416 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, OH.

Friday, October 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Toledo 5th Annual African American Forum.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Community Baby Shower. Mercy St Vincent Medical Center, 2213 Cherry St., Toledo. Free and open to expecting moms, dads, and grandparents. Healthy snacks, refreshments, games and activities will be provided.

What’s New:

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Ohio and Aug. 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week.
Research suggests that breastfeeding is a key modifiable factor for disease for both mothers and infants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Ohio’s 2016 breastfeeding initiation rate of 77.7 percent ranks 38th in the nation. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding with the addition of appropriate solid food for the first year and beyond.

This year’s 2017 Breastfeeding Awareness Month theme in Ohio is Breastfeeding: it’s a TEAM thing! The theme is aimed to promote the support persons role in successful breastfeeding. Research shows that if a mother’s breastfeeding efforts are supported, she is more likely to give it a try, and more likely to keep going even if things get tough.

Recorded WebinarHealth Equity in the Face of Change: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism. Dr. Camara Jones presents a Cliff Analogy for understanding three dimensions of health intervention:  providing health services, addressing the social determinants of health (including poverty and neighborhood conditions), and addressing the social determinants of equity (including racism and other systems of structured inequity).  She then turns her focus to a discussion of racism as a social determinant of equity and a root cause of “racial”/ethnic differences in health outcomes.

Healing and Resilience — An Activity Book for Latino Children Impacted by Deportation

This is a guided activity book for children who have experienced or who are currently experiencing the threat of having one of their parents or other adults who take care of them deported from the United States. The activity book is also for children whose parents or caregivers have been held in a detention center or actually deported from the United States.

Download free versions of this workbook in Spanish and English at this link (See also under Minority Health Resources link).

Citizenship Classes — Water for Ishmael, ABLE and Adelante have partnered together to offer a new pilot program for eligible permanent residents to become citizens of the United States. This program will help remove some of the barriers to citizenship by offering transportation, childcare, legal assistance and citizenship classes. Click Here for More Information.

Clases de Ciudadanía  Agua para Ismael, ABLE y Adelante se han asociado para ofrecer un nuevo programa piloto para los residentes permanentes elegibles para convertirse en ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos. Este programa ayudará a eliminar algunas de las barreras a la ciudadanía, ofreciendo el transporte, cuidado de niños, asistencia jurídica y clases de ciudadanía. Haga clic aquí para mas información.


About the Toledo-Lucas County Office on Minority Health

The Toledo-Lucas County Office on Minority Health is an agency of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. The Goals of the Office are:

  • To monitor and report on the health status of minority populations in Toledo and Lucas County through participation among local data collecting coalitions and reviewing health data from other sources.
  • To identify local disparity needs and develop plans to address gaps in services, access to health care and knowledge about local health needs.
  • To inform, educate, and empower minority populations in Lucas County through health promotion.
  • To mobilize community partnerships to take action.
  • To advocate for initiatives and programs that support minority health equity in seven priority areas: Infant Mortality, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Substance Abuse, Violence and Lupus

About the Toledo-Lucas County Commission on Minority Health

The Toledo-Lucas County Commission on Minority Health meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 8:45 a.m. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Please call: 419-213-4095 for meeting locations and dates.

Founded in 1998, The Commission is a coalition of concerned citizens, professionals, and community organizations who work to end health disparities and promote health among African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinos and Native Americans/Alaska Natives in Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio.

Vision: “Healthy and thriving racial and ethnic minority populations in Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio.”

Mission: To improve the overall health of the NW Ohio region by engaging citizens in the process of eliminating racial/ethnic health disparities.


  • Address factors that disproportionately affect the life span and quality of life of minorities.
  • Increase awareness in the community about minority health disparities.
  • Promote an innovative, comprehensive, collaborative health care system that is sensitive and barrier free.
  • Empower racial and ethnic minorities to take life-long control of their health.

This program is funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.


Toledo-Lucas County Commission on Minority Health
635 North Erie Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Phone: 419-213-4095
Fax: 419-213-4017

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