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A coalition of concerned citizens, professionals, and community organizations who envision healthy racial and ethnic minority communities in Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio.


Toledo-Lucas County Health Department

Office on Minority Health

635 N. Erie Street

Toledo, OH 43604


Toledo-Lucas County Commission on Minority Health

Data, Policy and Research

Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity

This new Issue Brief by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute discusses an emerging  range of initiatives to address social determinants of health at the federal, state, local, and provider level.

My Brother's Keeper Year One Progress Report

President Barack Obama launched “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) in 2014 to reflect his commitment to close opportunity gaps still faced by too many young people, and often faced by boys and young men of color. This report provides a review of the policy progress in key milestones as well as descriptions of significant policy accomplishments. 

As Growth Stalls, Unauthorized Immigrant Population Becomes More Settled

This report provides preliminary estimates of the size and duration of U.S. residence of the 2013 unauthorized immigrant population for the nation. It also includes 2012 and earlier estimates of the unauthorized immigrant population, its duration of U.S. residence, and number who live with U.S. citizen children.

African American Male Wellness Walk –Toledo Screening Initiative

The primary mission of the 2014 AAMWW – Toledo Screening Initiative was to improve the health of the urban community by promoting exercise, encouraging men to “know their numbers” – that is, Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, Height, Weight, Body Mass Index, and Body Fat Percentage, and increasing the number of men who visit a doctor annually.

CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report —United States, 2013

This supplement is the second CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report. The 2011 CHDIR was the first CDC report to assess disparities across a wide range of diseases, behavioral risk factors, environmental exposures, social determinants, and health-care access The 2013 CHDIR provides new data for 19 of the topics published in 2011 and 10 new topics.

Minnesota Department of Health White Paper on Income and Health

This white paper presents research and data on income and poverty in Minnesota and documents the relationship between total household income (or proxy measures of income) and indicators of health.

Medicare As A Catalyst For Reducing Health Disparities

Medicare has played some role in reducing health disparities but has not yet realized its potential. As the nation's largest purchaser and regulator of health care, Medicare is positioned to be a leader in ending racial and ethnic health disparities.

Researchers Look for Clues to Premature Births

This National Institutes of Health info-graphic refutes the argument that higher per-term births among African American is related to genetics and instead makes the case that the chronic stress of racism and the resulting high stress hormone levels is a major contributing factor.

Disparities in Infant Mortality: What’s Genetics Got to Do With It?

Overall patterns of racial disparities in mortality and secular changes in rates of prematurity as well as birthweight patterns in infants of African immigrant populations contradict the genetic theory of race and point toward social mechanisms.

Race and Genetics: Health Disparities in the Age of Personalized Medicine

Certain issues regarding racial and ethnic health disparities need to be addressed in order for personalized medicine to offer the greatest benefit to all. This paper examines these issues in detail and then offers some ethical guidelines for policymakers to consider.

A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity

The purpose of the Health Equity Guide is to assist practitioners with addressing the well-documented disparities in chronic disease health outcomes. This resource offers lessons learned from practitioners on the front lines of local, state, and tribal organizations that are working to promote health and prevent chronic disease health disparities.

State of America's Children, 2014

The report is a comprehensive data snapshot of the state of children in America. For example, nearly 60 percent of all our children and more than 80 percent of our Black and nearly 75 percent of our Latino children cannot read or compute at grade level in fourth and eighth grade and so many drop out of school before graduating.

International Rankings of Infant Mortality: How the U.S. Compares With Europe

This report compares compares two factors that determine the infant mortality rate—gestational age-specific infant mortality rates and the percentage of preterm births. U.S. data are from the Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set, and European data for 2004 are from the recently published European Perinatal Health Report.

Cancer in Ohio 2014

The cancer rates in this document represent the number of new invasive cancer cases (incidence) or cancer deaths (mortality) per 100,000 population during a specific time period (typically per year). Incidence rates are calculated using invasive cancers only, with the addition of in situ urinary bladder cancers.

State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review, 2014

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes and stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decision in an unconscious manner. Given that biases are malleable and can be unlearned, researchers have devoted considerable attention to studying various debiasing techniques in an effort to use this malleability property to counter existing biases.

The Unequal Distribution of Health in the Twin Cities
This report, commissioned by the Blue Cross and Blue Shioeld of Minnesota Foundation, looks at whether the connection between socioeconomic status and health is obvious in the twin cities as has been demonstrated elsewhere in the nation. In particular, it tests whether "health inequities," or unjust and avoidable differences in health outcomes, exists at the local level.

Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010

This U.S. Census Bureau report looks at our nation’s chang­ing racial and ethnic diversity. It provides a snap­shot of race and Hispanic origin in the United States. Racial and ethnic population group distributions are presented at the national, regional and state levels.

The Early Catastrophe

Researchers estimated by age 4, an average child in a professional family accumulated experience with almost 45 million words from parents, an average child in a working-class family would have accumulated experience with 26 million words, and an average child in a low-income family would have accumulated experience with 13 million words.

Ohio's Commitment to Prevent Infant Mortality

Ohio is ranked 49th in the nation in terms of African American infant mortality. This document provides an overview of new and/or enhanced initiatives to combat infant mortality in Ohio.

CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013

CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013 is the second agency report examining some of the key factors that affect health and lead to health disparities in the United States. 

The Impact of the Coverage Gap in States not Expanding Medicaid,by Race and Ethnicity

In states that do not expand Medicaid, many poor uninsured adults will not gain a new coverage option and will likely remain uninsured. This brief examines the impact of this coverage gap by race and ethnicity.

The Kaiser Permanente Northern California hypertension program

The Program included a multifaceted approach to blood pressure control. Among adults diagnosed with hypertension, implementation of a large-scale hypertension program was associated with a significant increase in hypertension control compared with state and national control rates.

HEPATITIS C, Crisis in the African American Community

The Consensus Panel found that the two primary sources of data on the magnitude of HCV in the US - the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1986–94 and 1999–2002—may underestimate the prevalence of HCV among African Americans. Recommendations are made to address these deficiencies.

The State of Asian American Women in the United States

This fact sheet from the Center for American Progress is intended to provide a snapshot of statistics about health, education, entrepreneurship, economic security, and political leadership that should guide our choices to enact sensible policies to unleash the potential of this growing demographic.

The State of African American Women in the United States

This fact sheet from the Center for American Progress is intended to provide a snapshot of statistics about health, education, entrepreneurship, economic security, and political leadership that should guide our choices to enact sensible policies to unleash the potential of this growing demographic.

The State of Latinas in the United States

This fact sheet from the Center for American Progress is intended to provide a snapshot of statistics about health, education, entrepreneurship, economic security, and political leadership that should guide our choices to enact sensible policies to unleash the potential of this growing demographic.

Cultural Humility vs. Cultural Competence: A critical distinction in defining physician training outcomes in multicultural education

Cultural humility incorporates a lifelong commitment to self-examination and self-critique, and to non-paternalistic, mutually beneficial clinical and advocacy partnerships.

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, By Peggy McIntosh 

This article is considered a ‘classic’ by anti-racist educators. It has been used in workshops and classes throughout the United States and Canada for many years. While people of color have described for years how whites benefit from unearned privileges, this is one of the first articles written by a white person on the topic.

Advanced Social Work Practice Behaviors to Address Behavioral Health Disparities

This publication is based on research conducted by the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD) and proceedings from the 2012 Behavioral Health Disparities Curriculum Infusion Project National Panel Meeting on Advanced Practice Behaviors.

Why We Need a Better Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation looked at why American health disparities existThis led to a new framework for talking about the social determinants of health for people working in the field and for policy-makers.

American College of Physicians: Racial Disparities in Health Care

Overwhelming evidence shows that racial and ethnic minorities are prone to poorer quality health care than white Americans, even when factors such as insurance status are controlled. The report looks at the sources of racial and ethnic disparities in the health care system as well how social determinants play a part.

City of Toledo Community Profile (Consolidated Plan 2010-2015)

Summarizes the basic demographic and employment characteristics of Toledo residents, drawing from statistics provided by the U.S. Census and other governmental agencies.

2014 Lucas County Health Assessment 

This health assessment provides us with a snapshot of Lucas County as well as our state and nation. The data in this report will provide valuable information to develop strategies that focus on wellness, access to care, and unmet community needs. The assessment will provide insight in the areas of health and well-being and how they relate to our community structure.

 2011 Lucas County Health Assessment

The 2011 Lucas County Health Assessment brings together primary and secondary data related to the health of the community to create a realistic picture of the health status of the residents of the community.

2007 Lucas County Health Assessment

The predecessor of the 2011 Lucas County profile, this health assessment provides an earlier snapshot of the health of Lucas County residents for comparison with the 2011 data.

2003 Lucas County Health Assessment

An earlier document in the series of Lucas County Health Assessments, this profile concetrates on adult health. This "Updated Report" corrects a low-income over-representation bias in the earlier report.

2011 Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northwest Ohio, Community Profile

Community Profile data was collected from a variety of federal, state and local resources to characterize the demographics in the Komen Northwest Ohio Affiliate service area.

Healthy Lucas County Strategic Plan 2012-2015

This strategic plan represents the first time Lucas County Stakeholders have come together to prioritize health issues that will require the commitment of every sector of the community.

Expanding Medicaid in Ohio:

The study was designed to analyze the impact of potential Medicaid expansion on the state budget, Ohio economic growth and jobs for regions within the state and some individual counties.

Healthy Ohio Community Profile-Lucas County

The purpose of this Healthy Ohio Community Profile is to assess the critical health issues among Lucas County residents and compare them to the health issues facing Ohio’s total population.

Ohio County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

The Report includes the Ohio County Health Rankings and the newer Roadmaps project that mobilizes local communities, national partners and leaders across all sectors to improve health.

America's Health Rankings-Ohio

Published by United Health Foundation, this year is the 23rd Edition of America's Health Rankings®, the longest running annual assessment of our nation's health on a state-by-state basis. Click here to view the entire website.

HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

The HHS Action Plan proposes a set of prioritiwes, pragmatic strategies and high-impact strategies to achieve 5 strategic goals aimed at reducing racial and ethnic health disparities.

HHS National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity

Provides a common set of goals and objectives for public and private sector initiatives and partnerships to help racial and ethnic minorities--and other underserved groups -- reach their full health potential.

HIV Infections, 2007-2010:

The latest CDC estimates of new HIV infections (HIV incidence) in the United States indicate that HIV remains a serious health problem, with an estimated 47,500 people becoming newly infected with the virus in the United States in 2010.

NPA Toolkit for Community Action

Information and resources to help engage fellow citizens and local media on health disparities and educate others about the impact disparities on individuals and the broader community.

Promoting Health Equity

A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos 2009-2011

American Cancer Society data and analysis of cancer among Hispanics/Latinos.


Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans 2011-2012

American Cancer Society data and analysis of cancer among African Americans.