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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has a long tradition of serving our community regardless of race, age, faith or ability to pay. In fiscal year 2009, Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center contributed nearly $164 million in charity care and benefits to the community. We believe that the best way to improve the health of our communities is through collaboration with community partners. We are proud to partner with the Columbus Health Department to manage free and reduced-cost clinics for people with limited income.

Listed below are some of the many ways we collaborate with a variety of health partners to contribute to the health and well-being of diverse members of our community. For more information about a particular program or project, call Ohio State’s Medical Center Community Development at 614-293-5972. 

Asian Health Initiative
This initiative maintains the Asian Health Center at the OSU Rardin Family Practice Center to improve the health of medically underserved Asian populations in central Ohio. They also provide the funding for lab work and a part-time staff person.
Our Partners: The OSU Family Practice Foundation, Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Asian American Community Services Council, Asian American Community Services, Southeast Asian Ministries and OSU College of Pharmacy

Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence-Health Task Force
This task force creates and implements training for healthcare professionals to recognize the symptoms of domestic violence and make appropriate referrals. Project SAFE, a program designed to protect pregnant women from abuse, was started at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center and has been expanded to six central Ohio hospitals and clinics.
Our Partners: central Ohio hospitals and clinics

Community Day at University Hospital East
We are pleased to be able to offer health screenings, education and fellowship for Columbus’ Near East Side community at this annual event.
Our Partners: Ohio State’s University Hospital East, in conjunction with more than 40 local organizations

Council on Healthy Mothers and Babies
Ohio State's Medical Center participates with other hospital systems to improve pregnancy outcomes and decrease infant mortality. The council provides wait-time studies, Pregnancy Care Capacity Roundtables and Pregnancy Care Connection.   
Our Partners: central Ohio hospital systems and Better Birth Outcomes

Diversity Task Force, American Red Cross
Members help raise awareness of blood donation among minority populations.
Our Partner: American Red Cross

La Clínica Latina
Through the clinic, we are able to provide medical care for Latino residents in central Ohio along with service learning opportunities for College of Medicine and Nursing students.   
Our Partners: Latino Health Alliance, College of Pharmacy  

Men of Color Health Initiative 
Providing education to African-American men, Asian-American, Asian and Latino men about disease prevention, early detection and clinical trials through a series of men’s health programs and town hall meetings.
Our Partners: Diversity Enhancement Program at Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute; Columbus Public Health; Ohio State’s Bell Resource Center on the African AmericanMale; Columbus Boot Camp; National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.   

Mount Vernon Avenue District Improvement Association
The economic and cultural vitality of Columbus’ Near East Side and the health of its residents have been greatly enriched by the programs developed through the collaboration of Ohio State's Medical Center and local business leaders.   
Our Partners: Mount Vernon Avenue District Improvement Association and central Ohio businesses  

Neighborhood Nest
Advisory Member of this program for low income pregnant women.
Our Partner: Neighborhood Nest

New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day    
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a member of the Health Care Task Force, which is working with the Central Ohio Trauma System to implement a uniform screening protocol for family violence. This event benefits the Coalition Against Family Violence.   
Our Partner: Coalition Against Family Violence

Noor Muslim Clinic
The Noor Muslim Clinic is operated by Muslim Physicians, in partnership with the OSU College of Medicine Department of Family Medicine and Ohio State's Medical Center Department of Community Development, serving uninsured patients seeking care.
Our Partner: Muslim Physicians, OSU College of Medicine

Ohio Asthma Coalition
The purpose of this coalition is to create a statewide asthma plan. In addition, the group provides advocacy for asthma programs.   
Our Partners: Ohio Department of Health; Ohio Commission on Minority Health; Ohio Hospital Association; American Lung Association; other organizations throughout Ohio   

Ohio Statewide Health Disparities Collaborative
The Ohio Statewide Health Disparities Collaborative works to reduce health inequities and disparities in Ohio. The collaborative evaluates health coverage, access, education, and services at varying income levels.
Our Partners: Ohio Commission on Minority Health, Children’s Defense Fund of Ohio

OSU African American and African Studies Community Extension Center
OSUMC is a member of the Advisory Board of African American and African Studies Community Center located on the near east side.

Project Love   
Project Love provides shared nurse coverage as part of the Childhood Immunization Project, which works to increase the number of children in Franklin County with proper immunizations.   
Our Partners: Columbus Public Health; OhioHealth; Mount Carmel Health; Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Columbus Medical Association Foundation  

Stable Cradle Project   
New mothers recovering from substance abuse can participate in this outpatient drug treatment program and receive parenting education. The program also sponsors a social worker for participating churches.   
Our Partners: Maryhaven, Inc., OSU College of Nursing 

United Way     
Ohio State’s Medical Center partners on several initiatives with United Way. The Nutrition and Fitness Results Committee seeks to improve the health of the community. The Diversity and Inclusion Resource Committee increases neighborhood pride and addresses racial health disparities by funding CARE Columbus, a cultural competency training program for healthcare providers. The Volunteerism Task Force defines United Way’s role in supporting and promoting volunteerism as a strategy for addressing our community impact agenda and advancing the common good by focusing on education, income, health and home.
Our Partner: United Way of Central Ohio

Women Coming Together
Women Coming Together is an annual conference during Women’s Health Month (May) that focuses on the health issues and unmet needs of African-American, Asian, Latina, Appalachian and Native American women.   
Our Partners: Various central Ohio organizations

YMCA, Eldon W. Ward Branch

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center sponsors a health center that provides community educational events and screenings, a community health nurse one day each week, an exercise physiologist to conduct aerobic classes for seniors and a van for transportation.
Our Partner: Columbus Public Health