Alumna appointed to board of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health

February 18, 2013 by Bri Loesch | CPH Communications
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, Community, Multi-Cultural Health, Diversity, HSMP

  Alumna appointed to board of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health

“My appointment to the commission that I looked up to as a student is a true honor.”   

Deena Chisolm, joint associate professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, was appointed by the governor to serve on the Board of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

“As a commissioner, my role will include serving on the grants committee, which reviews grant applications and makes award recommendations; and the fiscal committee, which leads budget development and management,” Chisolm said. “I will also serve as a voice on the board focused on child and adolescent health issues, and on innovative approaches to research.”

The mission of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health is to eliminate disparities in minority health through innovative strategies and financial opportunities, public health promotion, legislative action, public policy, and systems change. The commission funds Minority Health Month activities, local boards of minority health, lupus programing, and demonstration grants.

“I first encountered the commission over 20 years ago when I was a master’s student in the preventive medicine program,” Chisolm said. “I interviewed then executive director, Cheryl Boyce, for a class project. At that time, I was hugely impressed that Ohio was the first state in the nation to have a state-level commission dedicated to improving minority health. I was still finding my path in public health, but I knew then that ensuring optimal health for all of our community, regardless of race or ethnicity, was part of my personal mission.”

Chisolm received an MS degree in preventive medicine from The Ohio State University in 1994, and a PhD in health services management and policy in 2003, becoming the first PhD graduate in the program at the College of Public Health. She also has a BS in biological science education from Miami University. Chisolm is principal investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State College of Medicine.


The Ohio State University's College of Public Health is an integral part of the most comprehensive health sciences campus in the nation. The college was created in February 2007 by the University Board of Trustees. First established in 1995 as part of the College of Medicine, we are the first accredited school of public health in the state of Ohio. Specializations within the college include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, health services management and policy, veterinary public health, and clinical and translational science. The college is currently ranked 19th among all public health graduate schools by US News & World Report. The College of Public Health’s Master of Health Administration program is ranked 10th.
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