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    July 10, 2012

    Leadership alumna O'Toole honored for improving minority health

    O'toole, Colleen PhDGreater Cincinnati Health Council President Colleen O'Toole, PhD,  was recently honored by the Center for Closing the Health Gap in Greater Cincinnati with its 2012 Community Health Champion Award. O'Toole is an alumna of Leadership Cincinnati USA class 30.

    The center's 2012 Health Advocates Awards recognize individuals who have worked hard to improve minority health and health disparities. O'Toole received the Community Health Champion Award for "her leadership and advocacy, which has been critical in making sure that hospitals, doctors and others in the health care industry understand the great challenges we face in the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities and the necessity in addressing this issue," said Dwight Tillery, president and CEO of the Center for Closing the Health Gap.

    O'Toole has been president of the Health Council since 2006, a widely recognized association that provides a unique forum where its members - primarily hospitals and long-term care organizations - connect and work collaboratively to improve health care in the region.

    Under her leadership, the Health Council has made great strides in reducing disparities in care, addressing the care needs of those with limited English proficiency, and enhancing supplier diversity in hospitals' supply chains. To learn more about these efforts, visit www.gchc.org.

    O'Toole currently serves locally on the boards of the Health Collaborative, HealthBridge and the Hoxworth Blood Center. She is a member of: the United Way's Health Task Force; the Cincinnati USA Chamber's Agenda 360 Inclusion Priority Focus Team, Government Affairs and Health Care Committees; and the University of Cincinnati Master of Public Health Community Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the American Hospital Association's Allied Hospital Association Advisory Committee on Health Care Reform Implementation and its Regional Policy Board for Region 5, and is a past chair of the national Conference of Metropolitan Hospital Associations. In addition, she is an alumna of Leadership Cincinnati and Leadership Northern Kentucky.

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