The Ohio Association of Free Clinics (OAFC) receives funds from ODH to pay for the health care services to patients who lack the funds or insurance coverage to pay for vital health services and distributes these funds to free clinics around the state. These funds pay for primary health care services to any uninsured person at a free clinic who is in need of health care.
You can find a free clinic by visiting the OAFC website or by calling (614) 545-0760. OAFC lists 51 free clinics in 28 Ohio counties on their 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 recognize the accomplishments of Ohio's free clinics with an award presentation. Each year awards are presented for Free Clinic of the Year, Free Clinic Volunteer Physician of the Year, Free Clinic Volunteer Nurse of the Year, and Free Clinic Volunteer Dentist of the year. This year a new award category has been added for Community Volunteer of the Year!
The 2018 Free Clinic Award recipients:
- KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic, Columbus, Ohio: Free Clinic of the Year
- Dr. B. Mark Hess, MD, Health Partners Free Clinic, Troy, Ohio: Free Clinic Volunteer Physician of the Year
- Dr. Cheryl Cairns, CNP Lake County Free Clinic, Painesville, Ohio: Free Clinic Volunteer Nurse of the Year
- Dr. Gus Komar, DDS, Lake County Free Clinic, Painesville, Ohio: Free Clinic Volunteer Dentist of the Year
2019 Free Clinic Appreciation Month Celebration
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | 3:00pm
31st Floor, Riffe Building
77 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
If you would like to attend the celebration, please RSVP here.