The Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) Receives the
“Enlightened Kaleidoscope” Award
The Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) was selected as the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence’s (MACC) 2012 “Enlightened Kaleidoscope” Award recipient. The award was presented to Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia, President of the IACO at the Award Luncheon held on Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Embassy Suites – Airport in Columbus, Ohio. The award luncheon was a part of MACC’s annual statewide training conference titled, “Riding the Rapids: Integrating Care for Diverse Populations” held on September 27-28, 2012.
The IACO’s work to: create an interreligious community based on understanding, friendship and trust; educate the public about customs and practices of faith traditions; provide interfaith public worship and ceremonies expressing local and global concerns and promote social justice, peace and human dignity are just a few of the reasons MACC selected the organization as this year’s award recipient. The award was presented by last year’s recipient, Dr. Cora Muñoz.
Dr. Cora Muñoz Receives MACC 2011 “Enlightened Kaleidoscope” Award
The Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) have partnered with the National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health (NLC) to co-sponsor this year’s national training conference. The 2011 Annual “Enlightened Kaleidoscope”award recipient was Cora Muñoz, Ph.D., R.N., Professor, College of Nursing (retired) at Capital University for her commitment to eliminating health disparities, leadership in advocating for the needs of Ohio’s racial, ethnic and cultural communities as a former Commissioner with the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, and advocacy for culturally appropriate services particularly among Ohio’s Asian communities.
Ohio Veterans and Families Needs Assessment Report Released
The Ohio Department of Mental Health along with the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) conducted a survey along with a series of regional focus groups to gather your input on how the State of Ohio can better provide mental health services to active and retired members of the military and their families. To download the report click here.
Statewide “Cultural Competence” Definition was Adopted at MACC’s 7th Annual Conference
The Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. (MACC) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) unveil a State of Ohio Cultural Competence Definition at MACC’s annual training conference in Worthington. The definition was developed by state departments and MACC to lay a foundation for building cultural competence in the state of Ohio. A signing ceremony was held during the 5th Annual “Enlightened Kaleidoscope” Award luncheon at noon on Friday, September 24, 2010 for various state agency representatives to officially sign off on the definition. Download printable version fo the definition>
This year the Annual Meeting and Statewide Training Conference focused on “The Cultural Mosaic of Latinos In Ohio: Care, Commitment and Competence.” Featured speakers included Juana Bordas, founder of Mi Casa Women’s Center in Denver and author of “Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age,” and Guadalupe Lara, owner of G.G. Lara Consulting and former director of Social Work for the Detroit Medical Center Corporation.
Cheryl Boyce Celebrated as MACC 2010 "Enlightened Kaleidoscope" Award Recipient
The Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) announced their 2010 “Enlightened Kaleidoscope” award recipient, Cheryl Boyce, Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health during their Statewide Training Conference and Annual Meeting held recently in Columbus.
Boyce was selected for the award for her commitment to eliminating health disparities, leadership in advocating for the needs of Ohio ’s racial, ethnic and cultural communities and advocacy for culturally appropriate services. “Cheryl Boyce has served as the director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, the first in the nation, which was established in 1987 to eliminate health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities in the state. She has worked to develop culturally appropriate education, prevention and treatment services to meet the needs of Ohio’s communities of color who are dying prematurely and suffering from chronic diseases and illnesses needlessly”, stated MACC Executive Director, Charleta B. Tavares.
2009 Statewide Conference Explores Somali Culture and Promotes Cross-Systems Collaboration
MACC hosted its sixth annual conference at the Concourse Hotel in Columbus on October 1-2, 2009. Nearly 170 participants attended the conference that highlighted the needs of the Somali community. "New Shores: Health and Social Services Messages for Emerging Populations" was designed to address the challenges that Somalis face as newly arriving residents in the state of Ohio. Additionally, the conference invited over one dozen state agencies that provide critical services to Somalis to learn more effective strategies to reach this emerging population. Learn more >
Henry Guzmán Receives MACC 2009 “Enlightened Kaleidoscope” Award
MACC presented the 2009 “Enlightened Kaleidoscope” Award during their recognition luncheon held on October 2, 2009 (6th Statewide Training Conference and Annual meeting) at the Concourse Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus. “Mr. Guzmán has been a champion in developing strategies and programs to meet the needs of racial, ethnic and cultural communities particularly, Veterans and their families. He has worked tirelessly to ensure public professionals are developing skills to meet the needs of Ohio’s diverse populations”, stated MACC’s Executive Director, Charleta Tavares. Mr. Guzmán is the former director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) where he worked with his staff to develop a cultural competence initiative that holds each department accountable for developing strategies and tools in order to become more culturally appropriate in the delivery of services and programs. The ODPS continues to showcase their accomplishments and share their strategies with other departments, agencies and individuals both internally and externally. Guzmán served as director of Public Service for the cities of Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio and Public Safety for Cleveland.
MACC and Cultural Competence Content Work Group Announce
Research Advisory Committee
On July 9, 2009 The Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. (MACC) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) announced the selection of a statewide Research Advisory Committee (RAC) that will lead the state’s efforts to set a cultural competence research agenda.
MACC and ODMH have worked collaboratively to address disparities in mental health over the last decade. Most recently, they partnered to conduct the first ever “Learning Your Needs” Statewide Cultural Competence Needs Assessment (2006; 2008). The assessments provided valuable information on how to serve and address the needs of 11 specific racial, ethnic and cultural groups. The RAC will supplement the learning and develop specific tools that may eliminate disparities in mental health for these racial and ethnic communities. Learn more >
Somali Businessman and Humanitarian Receives MACC 2008 “Enlightened Kaleidoscope” Award
The Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) awarded their 2008 “Enlightened Kaleidoscope” Award to Mahdi Taakilo, President of the Somali Link newspaper and President of the Board of Helping Africans in a New Direction (H.A.N.D).
“Cultural Competence in Recovery: Breaking the Bonds of Illness, Poverty and Violence”
- Conference 2008
Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio. September 18-19, 2008
Gloria Reuben will be the featured speaker for their 2008 Annual Meeting and Statewide Training Conference.
MACC is proud to partner with CARE Columbus
CARE Columbus is a training and education program that provides information and strategies for delivering cross-culturally competent health care and human services to our community’s diverse cultural populations.
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MACC Releases Report on Somali Mental Health Needs
On August 12, 2008 MACC announced the release of their 2008 “Learning Your Needs” Updated Cultural Competence Needs Assessment Report featuring new mental health information on the Somali community.
MACC Announces Officers of Statewide Team on Cultural Competence
On January 13, 2007, Charleta B. Tavares, Executive Director of the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) announced the creation of a statewide advisory and planning team for cultural competence in behavioral health and other systems of care.
Statewide Cultural Competence Needs Assessment Released
The Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) unveiled MACC’s Statewide Cultural Competence Needs Assessment Report on November 1, 2006.
MACC Names Tavares as New Executive Director
(COLUMBUS) - The Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) is pleased to announce the selection of Charleta Tavares as its Executive Director effective April 3, 2006.