The Dayton Council on Health Equity (DCHE) is Montgomery County’s Local Office of Minority Health. The program is funded by a grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, in partnership with Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County.

In 2011, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health released the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity.

Community organizations across all sectors are asked to complete the survey every two years to provide a benchmark for community engagement with these national goals and strategies that address health disparities and health equity.

Survey: “Click to take the NPA Checklist Survey”

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County is providing this checklist for our community partners who wish to assess their efforts in reducing health disparities. The checklist is based on the National Partnership for Action’s five fundamental goals for achieving health equity. Please check your organization’s current level of engagement with these five goals.

Survey: “Click to take the Coalition Factors Survey”

Please take a few moments to give your opinion on how well coalitions function in our community. All responses are voluntary and will never be presented in an identifiable manner. Results go directly to Program Evaluator who will create a report that summarizes the effectiveness of coalitions working in our community. The survey will be repeated every two years. If you have questions, please contact Julianne Manchester, Ph.D, Evaluator at 614-284-2987.



DCHE’s goal is to improve the health status of Montgomery County’s minority populations by eliminating health disparities.

The program is accomplishing its goal by utilizing available health data, and examining the diverse factors that contribute to poor health outcomes, such as behavior and lifestyle choices, access to healthy foods and health care; adverse living conditions; poverty and unemployment; educational attainment; lack of awareness of cultural differences; and language barriers.

The Dayton Council on Health Equity has an Advisory Council comprised of a diverse cross-section of community partners. The Advisory Council meets quarterly to network and examine community actions that address health disparities and advance health equity. In 2011, the Advisory Council developed recommendations to address health disparities in two priority areas: 1) infant mortality and low birth weight, and 2) diabetes in African Americans. The Local Conversation on Minority Health Report to the Community was also released in 2011, which includes the Montgomery County Health Disparity Reduction Plan. The plan includes community-based strategies to be implemented by stakeholders and residents. These strategies address individual, community, environmental, and systems-level factors , in order to bring about equal access to health care and quality of care, for all residents, regardless of race or socioeconomic status.

Target Populations: African-Americans, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans

Focus Areas: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Infant Mortality, Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention

Core Competencies

  • Monitor minority health status; improve data availability
  • Inform, educate and empower people to understand the impact of health disparities
  • Examine root causes of poor health outcomes; build community partnerships; link minority populations with services and resources
  • Examine or develop policy and facilitate community engagement to eliminate health disparities


  • National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities - Established to mobilize a national, sustained approach to combating health disparities and move the nation toward achieving health equity.
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Provides weblinks to Spanish Health Information and Education Materials
  • Social Determinants of Health - CDC Directory of Social Determinants of Health [pdf]
  • Strategy For Achieving Health Equity - The National Stakeholder Strategy For Achieving Health Equity provides a roadmap for eliminating health disparities through cooperative and strategic actions. The report includes five over-arching goals and 20-related strategies for eliminating disparities.
  • Community Toolkit for Community Action - An NPA Community Toolkit for Community Action has been developed for use by individuals and community organizations, for guidance in developing and implementing action steps to address factors related to health disparities.
  • Asian American Council - Works to promote full participation in democratic process, develop awareness and appreciation of the diversity of Asian American cultures and the roles of Asian Americans in American history.
  • LatinoDayton - Latino community resources. Components: Health, Education, Economic Empowerment, Quality of Life.
  • Miami Valley Native American Council - The Miami Valley Council of Native Americans (TMVCNA)
  • Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton - Improving the health of underserved communities in Dayton and the surrounding area by providing preventive and primary health care services, regardless of ability to pay. Insurances accepted.
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