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Promoting Healthy Communities

Sometimes, you have to go where the patients are. Whether it means establishing clinics within ethnic communities, taking to the airwaves, or creating outreach materials for family reunions, Ohio State is developing programs to spread health education beyond its campus and into the community. Here are a few of our successful programs:

La Clinica Latina
Housed in Ohio State’s Rardin Family Practice Center, this clinic provides free medical care to central Ohio’s Hispanic community. La Clinica Latina cares for nearly 1,000 patients each year. The clinic is a collaboration between Ohio State, Columbus Public Health and the Ohio Latino Health Network.

Asian Health Initiative
Also managed through Ohio State’s Rardin center, this free clinic, a cooperative effort with Asian American Community Services and Southeast Asian Ministries, works to improve the health of the medically underserved Asian population in central Ohio.

Grandma’s Hands
This unique program, part of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute’s Diversity Enhancement Program, is designed to help reduce cancer disparities in the African-American community by teaching older women about the importance of breast cancer prevention and treatment. Grandma’s Hands also conveys the importance of participating in clinical cancer trials. Participants in the program then disseminate the information they’ve learned to others in their communities. 

Family Reunion Kit
In addition to bringing loved ones together to celebrate family ties and share stories and traditions, family reunions present an excellent opportunity to build family health histories. The James’ Diversity Enhancement Program developed a Family Reunion Kit to help families develop a clearer picture of their health. Each kit provides information on:

  • General cancer screenings
  • Clinical cancer genetics
  • Cancer clinical trials
  • HPV and cervical cancer
  • Ohio State’s High-Risk Breast Cancer
    Prevention Clinic
  • Nutrition and cancer
  • The risks, common symptoms, and detection methods for the most common cancers

It’s All About Health
Hosted by William Hicks, MD, Ohio State oncologist and co-director of the Diversity Enhancement Program at The James, It’s All About Health, is a biweekly radio program designed to help African-Americans and other minority and underserved communities take control of their lives and understand that everyday decisions, such as eating right and obtaining regular cancer screening tests, can make a big impact on long-term health and well-being. The program airs the first and third Saturday of each month, from 9-10 a.m., on JOY 106.3 FM.

For more information about a particular program or project, call Ohio State’s Medical Center Community Development at (614) 293-5972. 

To learn more about The Ohio State University Medical Center’s free clinics and The James’ Diversity Enhancement Program, visit http://cancer.osu.edu/patientsandvisitors/