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Ohio Commission on Minority Health executive director to speak April 17

Angela Dawson, executive director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, will visit UToledo to discuss the disparate health conditions between the state’s minority and non-minority populations.

Her talk coincides with National Minority Health Month. She will speak Wednesday, April 17, at noon in Health and Human Services Building Room 1711.

Dawson

She also will discuss ways the Ohio Commission on Minority Health is working to eliminate differences in health status between racial and ethnic minority and non-minority populations by providing leadership and guidance on the best ways to address racial and ethnic health disparities and specific health needs of racial and ethnic minority groups.

The Ohio Commission on Minority Health is the nation’s first state office of minority health in response to the disparity in health status between Ohio’s minority and non-minority populations.

“People should attend to have a better appreciation of the importance of culturally competent practices and a better understanding on the importance of eradicating racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care,” Jody Morris, associate lecturer in the College of Health and Human Services.

Morris also wants attendees to leave with a better understanding of ways to reduce health inequities in minority communities and foster a society where the opportunity for health equity exists for all persons and, ideally, eliminates the social and economic barriers to good health.

The free, public event is sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services Diversity and Conclusion Committee. A light lunch will be provided.