Bureau Chief, Office of Special Populations and Emergency Preparedness
State of Ohio Cultural Competence Definition
Cultural Competence is a continuous learning process that builds knowledge, awareness, skills and capacity to identify, understand and respect the unique beliefs, values, customs, languages, abilities and traditions of all Ohioans in order to develop policies to promote effective programs and services.
National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, geography, and faith, and/or disability (such as deafness) when assessing populations across the state.
OhioMHAS has two approaches to eliminating behavioral health disparities. First, the agency develops appropriate internal policies and guidelines to improve access of treatment and community recovery support services.
Second, the agency supports training, needs assessments and research. Specific research studies are conducted through the agency's Office of Quality Planning and Research or in partnership with the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC).
In addition, a staff lead supports OhioMHAS equity work by:
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) was created in 1986 and is one of the most significant outcomes of the 1985 Secretary's Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health. The Office is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.
Poor health outcomes for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are apparent when comparing their health indicators against those of the rest of the U.S. population. These populations experience higher rates of illness and death from health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, specific cancers, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, asthma, hepatitis B, and overweight and obesity. OMH's primary responsibility is to improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial and ethnic minority communities by developing or advancing policies, programs, and practices that address health, social, economic, environmental and other factors which impact health.
OMH programs address disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health care services, and barriers to health care. The Office also:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Institute of Mental Health
National Department of Health & Human Services
National Institute of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation