Corporate & Community Partnerships
Stellar partnerships with organizations as prestigious and diverse as Mount Carmel Health System, The OSU College of Pharmacy, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, American Cancer Society and a host of other vital partners have played a significant role in improving the health and quality of life of individuals and families living and working within the communities we serve.
Heart of Ohio Family Health operates at the peak performance for which we are know because of the myriad community partners with whom we collaborate. Since our earliest day near the turn of the century, our funding and social service partners, along with our corporate and community-based organization partners, have allowed us to deliver exceptional medical care by exceptional medical professionals dedicated to a multidisciplinary team approach that serves the best interest of our patients, as well as the broader communities in which we operate, serve and support.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
HRSA is a $9 billion agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees the nation's network of Federally Qualified Health Centers, including Capital Park Family Health and Whitehall Family Health.
HRSA partners and supports Heart of Ohio by funding our base allocation for "medical capacity building" which allows us to hire providers to serve our patients and our communities.
Mount Carmel Health System
It should be no surprise that Heart of Ohio Family Health is fueled by the power of partnerships. After all, we were born from a partner's vision, our first partner, Mt. Carmel Health Systems.
From our humble beginnings in 2003…shared space with a Head Start program and a small and dedicated team of health care workers … Mt. Carmel Health planted the seeds for Heart of Ohio to grow into two highly respected health centers with more than 40 committed professionals. And they remained a steadfast partner through it all.
The Mt. Carmel / Heart of Ohio partnership operates on two equally powerful connections:
The first connection is an ongoing financial partnership in the form of annual community benefit grants, which supports our mission and goals in three ways:
- Supports our work to directly link individuals and families living and working within the communities we serve to the permanent life-enhancing primary care providers Heart of Ohio offers.
- Allows us to make improvements to our general operations, specifically to our obstetrics program so we can serve more patients in a more efficient manner.
- Redirects more and more individuals and families within the communities we serve away from the often ill-suited and last-resort option of utilizing hospital emergency rooms and, instead, turning to Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers for the basic, accessible and fundamental health care that they might otherwise be denied.The second connection is a synchronized and orchestrated OB-patient-centric partnership taking the form of a "best practice" referral and shared-services program.
- Mt. Carmel East and St. Ann's patients are referred to our Whitehall Center while all our high-risk OB patients are referred to, and treated by, Mt. Carmel.
- Since 2009, Mt. Carmel has provided delivery services and stands by on-call when our own OB providers are unavailable.
- We refer new moms to Mt. Carmel's Help Me Grow Program and Help Me Grow refers patients in need of prenatal care to the Whitehall Family Health Center.
- Mt. Carmel rotates OB residents through our Whitehall Center and we deliver education and training in the community health setting to Mt. Carmel residents.
Mt. Carmel and Heart of Ohio have, since 2003, supported and continue to support each other in what many public health observers have come to view as a most remarkable long-term demonstration of the best that a mutually beneficial health care partnership has to offer.
Franklin County Board of Commissioners
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners awarded Heart of Ohio Family Health a $200,000 competitive grant to support Maternal Instincts, our new, intensive prenatal care program.
Still in early development, Maternal Instincts is a bold multi-disciplinary effort combining pre-natal visits with critical education for expectant mothers and referrals to vital community and in-home services. Maternal Instincts will continue to provide vital linkages to services, including referrals to our family practice providers after delivery to help both mother and baby thrive.
National Football League & The American Cancer Society
Heart of Ohio Family Health earned a national top-five ranking and continued funding from our partner from the National Football League and the American Cancer Society for the number of low-income and uninsured women who received mammograms and clinical breast exams through, "A Crucial Catch," their breast cancer awareness campaign.
Our top ranking was based on the total number of projects funded by the NFL. Thanks to our dedicated staff and their ability to work together, Heart of Ohio Family Health actually exceeded our own goals for getting women in for mammograms and clinical breast exams.
Ohio Benefit Bank
Our Certified Application Counselors (CACs) assisted more than 1,900 individuals last year with their applications for Medicaid and marketplace insurance. We made a conscious decision to have our CACs help not only our patients but also serve the general community through participation in special events. Their dedication led to a request from the Ohio Benefit Bank to fund Heart of Ohio Family Health with another CAC to specifically serve Spanish-speaking communities.
Osteopathic Heritage Foundation
The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville support community health and quality of life programs in central and southeastern Ohio as well as advance, on a local and national scope, osteopathic medical care, medical research and osteopathic medical education.
A $38,858 grant from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation's Capital Improvement Initiative, allowed Heart of Ohio to purchase a van for transporting patients to specialist physician appointments, OB/GYN appointments at our Whitehall facility, and to pick up specialty prescriptions. The van is also utilized for door-to-door health care events, health fairs and local community events where we were able to utilize the specially-equipped van to diagnose hypertension and other potential cardiac concerns.
Maryhaven, Inc. and St. Vincent Family Health
Our life-saving partnership with Maryhaven, central Ohio's premier treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness, provides clinical counseling and education to our patients at Capital Park Family Health.
In a similar manner, St. Vincent Family Center provides mental and behavioral health counseling to our patients at Whitehall Family Health.
Council on Healthy Mothers and Babies (COHMAB)
COHMAB's Pregnancy Care Connection, a maternal and child health collaborative to reduce infant mortality, refers OB patients to the Whitehall Family Health Center; and it has been so successful a partnership, that we are working to expand our collaboration in order to increase the number of women receiving life-saving care from Heart of Ohio Health.
Pregnancy Care Connection (PCC)
PCC, much like the Council on Healthy Mothers and Babies, is highly regarded maternal and child health care agency dedicated to reducing infant mortality and a strong partner who refers pregnant women to Whitehall Family Health Center. We are working to expand this remarkably successful partnership in order to increase the number of our patients receiving life-saving prenatal care.
Columbus Cancer Clinic / LifeCare Alliance
Through an innovative partnership with the Columbus Cancer Clinic, an agency of LifeCare Alliance, Heart of Ohio Family Health is able to provide our patients with readily accessible and regular mammogram screenings free of charge. The Cancer Clinic partnership allows us to offer education services on cancer prevention and the benefits of early detection.
Our partner, the Physicians CareConnection is the largest coordinator of voluntary health care services in Franklin County. The PCC connects us with low-income, uninsured residents and vulnerable individuals and families within the communities we serve.
Cancer Support Community / Central Ohio
Our patients affected by cancer have access to CSC's professional programs of emotional support and education at no charge so that no one faces cancer alone. In addition, the CSC offers nutrition classes and movement classes for our cancer patients and their families and supportive friends.
Homeport / The Columbus Housing Partnership
Homeport, also known as The Columbus Housing Partnership, was built on the belief that everyone deserves a safe, decent, and affordable home. Their 14-member housing counseling department works to educate people looking to purchase their first home, and counsel those at risk of foreclosure. They see, on a daily basis, how the current economic climate has impacted families throughout central Ohio.
In 2008, CHP helped more than 2,600 people through their counseling services, which include homebuyer education, foreclosure prevention, and credit and budget counseling.
Whitehall Family Health has been selected by CareSource, a nonprofit Dayton-based health plan and one of the largest Medicaid managed health care plans in the country, as the referral site for their high-risk pregnant patients living in the surrounding community. The objective of this prestigious partnership is to decrease the risks of infant mortality by getting high-risk pregnant women in for education and care early in the pregnancy.
Community Garden Partners
Heart of Ohio operates a thriving on-site Community Garden right outside the Capital Park Family Health Center in the neighborhood of North Linden. The garden offers a learning experience for our staff, community volunteers and families in need. Hands-on opportunities allow people to learn about how to grow food, eat healthier, and manage their food budgets.
ScottsMiracle-Gro leads a host of corporate partners and the Franklin County Commissioners lead our public/private partnerships that support and guide the expansion and evolution of our community garden.
The generous financial grant we've received from Scotts and the Franklin County Commissioners, combined with the in-kind support from garden-related businesses and community organizations have allowed us to expand our successful garden and involve more of our neighbors.
In addition to ScottsMiracle-Gro and the Franklin County Commissioners, our vital and valued community garden partners include:
- Giant Eagle
- RMI Design
- Ponce's Auto Repair
- Franklin Park Conservatory
- Watershed Organic Lawncare
- Greater Columbus Growing Coalition
OSU College of Pharmacy
A record number of third- and fourth-year pharmacy students from OSU's College of Pharmacy complete their clinical rotations at both Capital Park and Whitehall dispensing clinical support and onsite pharmacy services to hundreds of patients.
Supervised by OSU clinical faculty who work onsite as both preceptors to students and as ambulatory care pharmacists, our pharmacy teams provided medication counseling, helped physicians identify patients' the most cost-effective medications, and educated patients on smoking cessation, nutrition and diabetes. In addition, pharmacists conducted a Coumadin therapy program designed to prevent heart attacks, strokes and blood clots.
In addition, the OSU College of Pharmacy invited Heart of Ohio to partner with their team to launch a holistic and medically advanced project with 152 of Heart of Ohio's diabetic patients designed to lower A1C results, a blood test used to diagnose Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and then monitored to gauge how well patients are managing their diabetes.
This newer component of our partnership with the College of Pharmacy resulted in our highest-risk patients being tested, diagnosed and counseled on how to lower their blood sugar levels, manage their diabetes and decrease their risk of the ravages of one of the fastest growing diseases facing members of our communities.
Whitehall Collaborative Health Action Team (CHAT)
Heart of Ohio Family Health joins forces with a diverse group of leaders from all sectors of the community, including education, government, business, the faith community, community based organizations and our fellow health care organizations, to study, understand and take a holistic approach to best resolving the problems undermining the health and well-being of individuals and families living and working in Whitehall.
Whether CHAT is attempting to reduce poverty or improve senior health, we are proud to be taking a leadership role in this concerted effort to share knowledge, learn from those at the heart of the issue, develop solutions for change, and provide community-based resources to those citizens who need it most.
Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force
The Columbus Dispatch calls it "a family's horror and our community's shame."
Babies born in some parts of this city die at rates the nation hasn't seen in 50 years. This year alone, it is projected that, on average, three little lives each week will end in Franklin County before they barely started.
Heart of Ohio was appointed to serve on the Subcommittee on Presumptive Eligibility for the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force, the largest coordinated effort in our city's history to work to turn the tide on the number of babies who die in our community before they make it to their first birthday.
Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus / Access HealthColumbus
The Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus, formerly known as Access HealthColumbus, has partnered with Heart of Ohio Health by engaging us in various collaboration projects linking central Ohio's most community-minded providers with our most vulnerable, high-risk citizens. While we provide the health care access, delivery and affordability that Healthcare Collaborative exists to foster and is devoted to nurturing, they, in turn, provide Heart of Ohio with the potential new patients for whom we exist and to whom we are devoted.
The Healthcare Collaborative has been enthusiastic about involving Heart of Ohio in their Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative because they depend on federally qualified health centers like ours to achieve the two major goals we share:
- Linking individuals and families who have nowhere else to turn to the kind of accessible, professional, compassionate and affordable primary health care that Capital Park and Whitehall Family Health Centers provide.
- Improving patient-centered primary care as the foundation of health care delivery to achieve better care, better health and better value within, and on behalf of, the communities we serve.
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) & Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC)
To address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, Heart of Ohio Family Health is closely aligned with our national advocacy partner, NACHC, and our statewide partner, OACHC.
NACHC and OAHC work with their expansive partnership network of state and local health center and primary care organizations in order to help Heart of Ohio and our fellow Federally Qualified Health Centers health centers in vital ways:
- Provide research-based advocacy for health centers and their clients.
- Educate the public about the mission and value of health centers.
- Train and provide technical assistance to health center staff and boards.
- Develop alliances with private partners and key stakeholders to foster the delivery of primary health care services to communities in need.
The Ohio State University Dental Coach
The OSU College of Dentistry's Health Outreach Mobile Experience (HOME) Coach program serves nearly 2,500 children each year, mostly in Columbus City Schools, including many of Heart of Ohio's school-age patients. Fourth-year dental students and dental assistants provide care at 25 to 30 schools each year under the supervision of faculty and postdoctoral fellows.
Schools within the communities Heart of Ohio serves include Whitehall-Yearling High School, Rosemore Middle School, Beechwood Elementary, Etna Road Elementary, Kae Avenue Elementary and C. Ray Williams ECC in Whitehall and North Linden Elementary School and Linden McKinley High School near our Capital Park Family Health Center.
The HOME Coach program helps bridge this gap by providing oral health care and education to underserved children and offers us access to their $534,000 clinic on wheels sporting the latest equipment and technology.
Columbus Speech and Hearing Center
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is the Heart of Ohio partner we look to in order to help our patients who need outpatient speech and hearing support and services.
The Center serves patients of all ages and from all walks of life and, over the years that we've worked together, has impacted the lives of dozens of our special-needs patients seeking:
- Audiology & Hearing Aid Services
- Speech-Language Therapy
- Comprehensive Program for the Deaf
Our partnership has improved our patients' communication and vocational independence and for that we are enormously grateful.
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