This event specifically designed to help build capacity for the Latino Serving Organizations of Ohio by offering information on topics such as philanthropy, effective governance, preservation of culture, fundraising, etc. OCHLA's aim is to help improve communication within organizations, foster collaboration between entities, establish coordination, examine and emulate best practices, and to develop a statewide community agenda on specific subject matters. The Organizations Development Center works to procure experts in non-profit instruction in order to provide these organizations with tools and resources to help them become more sustainable and effective within their communities.
The Ohio Hispanic Legislative Visit Day is a major part of the Commission's strategy in expanding the participation of our constituents and expanding their ability to make well-informed decisions in regards to civic engagement. Nonprofit leaders, community advocates, and Hispanic business leaders come together for a day filled with meetings with Ohio legislators, and practical instruction on state government and the means to access it. There is also an opportunity during the lunch hour for exhibitors, legislators, community leaders, and constituents to network and establish constructive connections across the state of Ohio. OCHLA's Legislative Visit Day typically takes place at the Ohio Statehouse and Hispanic media outlets from all over the state cover the event each year.
The Ohio Latino Education Summit is an event that brings together educators, administrators, non-profit leaders, parents, students and policymakers to discuss prevailing issues regarding the education of Ohio's Hispanic students. The conference features workshops where selected participants share "best practices" with each other and with attendees, as well as additional programming focused on educational issues for Ohio Latinos.
The Ohio Latino Health Summit is an event that brings together health experts, organizations, and individuals in order to shift the community's focus from a curative approach to health disparities into a preventative approach. A select group of leaders and scholars in the health industry are invited to share best practices from their own communities with the intention of highlighting programs and policies that are benefiting or harming the Latino population, as well as promoting ways in which these factors can be improved and encouraging the formation of a Latino health policy network.. The Health Summit also hosts a variety of exhibitors to provide a forum for the exchange of contacts and ideas, and for strengthening the cohesion of the Latino healthcare community in Ohio.
The annual Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards Gala secures appropriate recognition of the accomplishments of Hispanics in Ohio. The Commission and its Board work throughout the year to identify astonishing Latino and non-Latino leaders, as well as Latinos who have served in the U.S. Military, with the goal of awarding them for their service to the Latino Community. This event provides participants with the opportunity to not only celebrate Latino/Hispanic culture but also the breaking of barriers in regards to Latino/Hispanic involvement in business, education, health, politics, etc.In recent years, OCHLA has collaborated with different community partners to host this celebration.