The Charitable Healthcare Network, formerly known as The Ohio Association of Free Clinics (OAFC), receives funds from the Ohio Department of Health (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 Charitable Healthcare Network website or by calling (614) 914-6458. They list 52 free clinics in 76 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.
2020 Free Clinic Award recipients:
SOAR Student Run Free Clinic, Rootstown, Ohio: Free Clinic of the Year
Dr. Jennifer Allen, Hope Clinic of Ross County: Free Clinic Community Volunteer of the Year
Dr. Charn Nandra, Ohio Valley Health Center (OVHC): Free Clinic Physician of the Year
Tobie Newberry, RN, DNP, Heritage Community Clinic: Free Clinic Nurse of the Year
Mike Espel, RPh, Saint Vincent de Paul Cincinnati Charitable Pharmacy (SVDP): Free Clinic Pharmacist of the Year