Conference Description

Moving beyond the 2017 theme of Aiming for Equity: Combating Social Determinants of Health, attendees of Building Capacity to Advance Health Equity will participate in solution-oriented discussions and engaging educational opportunities. The goal of the conference is to overcome barriers to improved health outcomes by highlighting interdisciplinary best practices, hosting development opportunities for community members and advocates, and offering blue prints for incorporating solutions to the myriad of complexities facing provider organizations.


Who Should Attend?
The conference will benefit attendees from diverse industries.

Government/Public Policy
Faith-based Organizations
Behavioral Health
Public Health
Social Justice
Social Work
International Studies

Workshops and Student Poster Proposals

Workshop Sessions will be 90 minutes in length. The conference will also feature an “Emerging Leaders” poster session highlighting innovative student research. All poster presenters should be new to their field (1-3 years) or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.  If you are interested in submitting a workshop or poster proposal but are unsure how to respond to the RFP, we can help!  Please contact with any questions.

Proposals are due no later than August 3, 2018.  Download the RFP here.


Creekside Conference and Event Center

101 Mill Street
Gahanna, Ohio 43230


Early Bird Registration ends July 27, 2018

Register here.


Columbus Airport Marriott

(614) 475-7551


Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, September 26

Kimya N. Dennis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Coordinator of Criminal Studies

Department of Sociology and Criminal Studies

Salem College

Thursday, September 27

Linda James Myers, Ph.D.

African American and African Studies Community Extension Center

Department of African American and African Studies

The Ohio State University

Join Us at the Conference Reception!

Celebrating Our Cultural Kaleidoscope

 Young Bhutanese dancers performing during the 2017 Cultural Kaleidoscope Celebration.

Young Bhutanese dancers performing during the 2017 Cultural Kaleidoscope Celebration.

September 26
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Creekside Conference and Event Center

The 2018 conference will be highlighted by the annual MACC Cultural Kaleidoscope Celebration. This event aims to celebrate innovation, leadership, and commitment to cultural competence, behavioral health parity, and the diversity of Ohio's population. Conference attendees are encouraged to wear traditional attire while enjoying local ethnic cuisine. 

2018 Enlightened Kaleidoscope Award nominations are being accepted here


The MACC Statewide Training Conference wouldn't be possible without the support of our partners and sponsors. If you would like to sponsor, check out the sponsorship page for more information! 


2018 Conference Sponsors