Minority Health Strike Force: Education & Outreach Town Hall Meeting Materials

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Minority Health Strike Force: Town Hall Meeting Materials

June 6, 2020

CDF-Ohio, in partnership with Policy Matters Ohio and Advocates for Ohio’s Future hosted three Town Hall meetings to inform the work of the Minority Health Strike Force in advance of the June 11 deadline for long-term recommendations from the Strike Force. The goal of these Town Hall meetings is to make sure that voices of our communities are represented and they have the opportunity to inform the recommendations of the MHSF. Below is a description of each of the subcommittees and materials from the Town Hall meeting, which includes a recording and materials from each panelist.

The Minority Health Strike Force was developed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and charged with developing recommendations to address  racial health disparities  identified during the rise of COVID-19.  They have already released their interim report and are planning to make  final recommendations on June 11, 2020. We scheduled these virtual town hall meetings to create a forum to share our expertise and insight with the subcommittee members of the Strike Force.

Healthcare subcommittee: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Due to social and economic factors that have been studied and are well-known by the members of the COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force, communities of color are more likely to have underlying health conditions, have less access to care, and experience discrimination when accessing health care services. They may also be at greater risk for experiencing bias in the clinical setting, particularly around decisions about care, care rationing, and lifesaving treatment.

Host:                  Policy Matters Ohio

Contact:            Kalitha Williams, kwilliams@policymattersohio.org

Meeting Materials: 

Zoom Webinar Recording (1:28:49)

Speakers & Materials

Combined PowerPoint for Panelists

Dr. Christopher Brown, Health Commissioner, Ross County Health District

Carla Hicks, Ohio Public Health Association

Brittnee Pankey Qualls, Central Ohio Workers Center

Terry Russell, NAMI Ohio

Yvonka Hallion, Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition

Jessica Roach, Restoring Our Own Through Transformation (ROOTT)

Dominic Matthew, Fund our Economic Future

Dr. Aparna Bole, Pediatrician & Environmental Health Expert

Submitted Written Testimony

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center & Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Data & Research subcommittee: Friday, June 5th from 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Data and Research Subcommittee has a mission to provide recommendations that improve statewide COVID-19 response and recovery efforts for vulnerable populations, including people of color including:

• Identifying solutions to overcome gaps in data, which negatively influence statewide disaster response and recovery efforts and exacerbate existing health inequities.

• Creating ongoing opportunities that document data-driven decisions to effectively respond to health inequities and improve health outcomes related to COVID-19.

• Documenting the formulation of data-driven policies to improve clinical management and health outcomes and to guide equity

Host:                   Advocates for Ohio’s Future

Contact:              Kelsey Bergfeld, kbergfeld@communitysolutions.com,

Speakers & Materials: 

Zoom Webinar Recording (1:09:48)


  • Marie B Curry, Managing Attorney, Community Legal Aid Services, Inc., Representing Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage
  • Genelle Denzin, HMIS Data Analyst, Josh Johnson, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO)
  • Teresa Kobelt, Director of Strategy, Innovation, and Forecasting for the Office of Policy, The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)
  • Kelly Capatosto, Senior Research Associate, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
  • Jodi Long, Associate Director, Montgomery County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services

PowerPoint Slides

Education & Outreach subcommittee: Friday, June 5th from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The goal of the Education and Outreach Subcommittee is to develop a COVID-19 action-oriented educational communications strategy and implementation plan that targets communities of color in Ohio.

Host:                   Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio

Contact:              Tracy Najera, tnajera@childrensdefense.org,

Speakers & Materials: 

Zoom Webinar Recording (2 hours, 3 minutes)


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