Angela Cornelius Dawson, PC, MRC, MS
Executive Director
Ohio Commission on Minority Health

Angela Dawson serves as Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. The Commission was created to address the disparity in health status between majority and minority populations. The Commission funds projects that are innovative, culturally sensitive and specific in their approach to reducing the incidence and severity of diseases or conditions which are responsible for excess morbidity and mortality in minority populations. The Commission was established as the nation’s first state Office of Minority Health (SOMH) to respond to the disparity in health status between Ohio’s minority and non-minority populations. The national minority health network currently includes the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Public Health Service and over 47 SOMHs.

Ms. Dawson was appointed by Ohio governor Ted Strickland to serve as Director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) in March 2007. She served as the first African American director until January 2011 and had oversight of approximately 100 employees and an annual budget of $193 million. ODADAS plans, initiates, and coordinates an extensive system of services that are designed to prevent substance abuse and treat Ohio's addicted populations.

Ms. Dawson’s previous position was as Executive Director of Project Linden, Inc. for 20 years. This private, nonprofit organization provides outpatient alcohol and drug treatment and prevention services in Franklin County. She received a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation education, a master's degree in counseling and guidance, and another master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Wright State University.

Ms. Dawson, her husband (John), and their son (Jelani) worship and serve in ministries at the First Church of God.