As a champion of better health for all, The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is dedicated to improving health care access and related services for those who live in the urban areas of central Ohio.
Some of our programs for urban neighborhoods are listed below.
People who lack access to primary care providers are more likely to use emergency departments for non-emergencies than other people, and lack of regular preventive care can also result in emergency health visits to hospital emergency departments. To change this, we’re continually adding free and reduced-cost clinics, education programs, screenings, community fairs and interactive programs.
Ohio State is part of a growing national collaboration of 70+ leading healthcare systems building more inclusive and sustainable local economies.
Opening in early 2024, this new center will provide access to a variety of programs and services to improve the health and wellness of the Near East Side community and its residents.
Community valued partners
We have formed strong bonds with our community partnerships. The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center collaborates with these valued partners to improve health care and health equity for people in disadvantaged communities.
- Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT)
Formed in 2010 with a $10 million investment from the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, PACT is a partnership between Ohio State, the city of Columbus, the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and community neighbors to develop a revitalization plan called the Blueprint for Community Investment. The plan, designed to empower Black residents through engagement, decision-making and self-determination, seeks to make the Near East Side neighborhood of Columbus a healthy, sustainable community where residents have access to safe, affordable homes, quality health care and education and local employment opportunities. More about this investment and another from Fifth Third Bank is described in our HealthMap2022 Implementation Strategy (starting on page 11).
- Metro School
- Maroon Arts Group
- Columbus Urban League
- Community Development for All People
- Mid-Ohio Food Collective