State Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) today shared news of her recent appointment to the Ohio Commission on Minority Health (OCMH).

“When it comes to issues like access to health care, maternal health and infant mortality, toxic stress and many others, minority populations often fare worse than their white counterparts,” said Rep. Crawley. “I am honored to serve as a member of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and look forward to working together to address some of these health disparities that continue to keep too many minority Ohioans from reaching their full potential.”

OCMH was established in 1987 and was the first freestanding state agency in the nation to develop a concerted approach to address health disparities between minority and non-minority populations by implementing innovative and culturally sensitive strategies, promoting public health, encouraging legislative action and recommending public policy and systems changes.

In 2007, OCMH established Local Offices on Minority Health in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown to address health disparities at the local level. OCMH also offers grant opportunities for public or private non-profit agencies with tax-exempt status. For more information on grant programs and local partnerships, please visit

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