The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Healthy Community Center at 1600 E. Long St. on Columbus' Near East Side offers a variety of programs and services to improve the health and wellness of area residents.


Want to create a healthier lifestyle?

Creating new routines can be tough, so the Healthy Community Center exists to make it easier — and more fun — to learn about your health, get moving, make positive changes and stay motivated together.

Bring a friend, meet your neighbors and try all that we have to offer, including:

  • Wellness activities
  • A healthy cafe
  • A teaching kitchen
  • Urban gardening partnerships
  • Earth-friendly/sustainability education and events
  • Conference rooms for community gatherings
  • Health education and screening for common concerns such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and healthy aging

Join us today 

With so much to choose from and plenty of free, family-friendly options for every age and ability, we don’t think you’ll ever get bored.

You’re welcome to try just one activity or jump right in and sign up for more – we just want you to get started. Your participation doesn’t depend on your ability to pay either. All you need is the desire to get healthier.

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In partnership with:

PACT, Mid-Ohio Food Collective and the Growing and Growth Collective.

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Our Team

Javonte McDonald

Javonte McDonald

Director of The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Healthy Community Center

Bridging community advocacy and strategic leadership, Javonte McDonald is deeply committed to cultivating equitable services. His journey underscores the importance of embracing diverse perspectives in effective community engagement. In his role as the Director of the Healthy Community Center, Javonte channels his passion towards envisioning a future where food equity is a cornerstone of community health. His strategic leadership transcends traditional boundaries, reflecting an unwavering belief in the transformative power of community collaboration.

Joshua J. Joseph, MD

Joshua Joseph, MD

Medical Director of The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Healthy Community Center

Dr. Joseph is recognized nationally for his work on academic, community, government and industry partnerships to advance health through community-based interventions. He has used his scientific and community engagement expertise as a leader for the Healthy Community Center, which focuses on nutrition and wellness on the Near East side of Columbus. The work of Dr. Joseph and his ACCELERATE research group has been featured nationally and internationally.

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