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Uninsured Care Program

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) distributes funds to organizations throughout the state to provide health care services to patients who lack the funds or insurance coverage to pay for vital health services.  Below is a list of some of the organizations and programs that are funded by ODH, along with contact information for finding a clinic.

Free Clinics

The Ohio Association of Free Clinics (OAFC) receives funds from ODH to pay for the Uninsured Care Program, and distributes these funds to free clinics around the state.  These funds pay for primary health care services to any uninsured person who presents at a free clinic in need of health care. 

You can find a free clinic by visiting the OAFC website or by calling (614) 545-0760. OAFC lists 50 free clinics in 26 Ohio counties on its website.

 

Free Clinic Appreciation Month

The Ohio Legislature, through H.B. 320 of the 130th General Assembly, designated December as Free Clinic Appreciation Month in Ohio. As part of Free Clinic Appreciation Month, the Ohio Association of Free Clinics and the Ohio Department of Health are recognizing the accomplishments of Ohio's free clinics through the presentation of awards. Each year awards will be presented for Free Clinic of the Year, Free Clinic Physician Volunteer of the Year, Free Clinic Nurse Volunteer of the Year, and Free Clinic Dentist Volunteer of the Year. Thirty-four excellent nominations were received for these four awards during this inaugural year. 

 

The 2016 free clinics award recipients are:

  • Free Clinic of the YearLake County Free Clinic in Painsville
  • Free Clinic Physician Volunteer of the YearHenry Hood, MD of By the Way Clinic in Lancaster
  • Free Clinic Nurse Volunteer of the YearSharon Strickling, RN of Ashland Christian Health Center in Ashland
  • Free Clinic Dentist Volunteer of the YearJames Homan, DDS of KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic in Columbus

Federally Qualified Health Centers

ODH distributes funds to the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) for the FQHC Primary Care Workforce Initiative.  This initiative provides medical, dental, behavioral health, advanced practice nursing and physician assistant students with clinical rotations in Federally Qualified Health Centers that are recognized as Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH).    

You can find an FQHC or FQHC Look-Alike by calling the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) at (888) 884-3101 or by visiting the OACHC website.

You can also visit the Health Resources and Services Administration website to find a health center by address or use the Find a Health Center tool below. 

Other Resources

For information on clinics that provide dental services, please visit the Dental Care page provided by the Oral Health Section, which lists safety net dental clinics and other resources, or contact the Oral Health Section at (614) 466-4180.

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Office of Health Policy and Performance Improvement, Health Access
246 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Telephone: (614) 644-8508
Fax: (614) 564-2432

E-mail: HealthPolicy@odh.ohio.gov

Page Updated: 1/13/2017

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