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


Creekside Conference and Event Center

101 Mill Street
Gahanna, Ohio 43230


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Download tentative schedule here.




Columbus Airport Marriott

(614) 475-7551


Student Posters and Scholarships

Students interested in the helping professions are encouraged to apply. 

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Plenary Panel

Disrupting Inequity: Unpacking Implicit Bias in Addiction and Recovery

8:30 am- 10:30 am

As Ohio continues to address the opiate/heroin crisis, it is critically important to confront biased perceptions about the impact of addiction across communities and cultures. While the collaborative and coordinated system response to this epidemic should be praised, failure to acknowledge pervasive bias further perpetuates trauma and threatens recovery for all. Panelists representing the legal profession, public policy, and lived experience will provide vital insight to ensure health equity.

Disrupting Inequity: Unpacking Implicit Bias in Addiction and Recovery will be presented in two parts. The moderator will pose prepared questions to the panel during Part One on September 26. Audience questions will be met with solution-based responses from panelists during Part Two on September 27.

Moderator: Alisia Clark, Executive Director, Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board

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!

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 Young Bhutanese dancers performing during the 2017 Cultural Reception.

Young Bhutanese dancers performing during the 2017 Cultural Reception.

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. 

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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