We Are OACHC
The Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) is a not-for-profit professional association representing Ohio's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs, or community health centers). OACHC's Mission is to ensure access to high-quality affordable health care for all Ohioans through the growth and development of Ohio's Community Health Centers.
OACHC represents Ohio's 49 Community Health Centers at over 280 locations, including multiple mobile units in 65 of Ohio’s 88 counties. In 2015, Community Health Centers provided care to over 623,000 Ohioans and recorded over 2.1 million patient visits.
Ohio's Community Health Centers are required to provide primary and preventive care to all patients regardless of a person's insurance status or ability to pay. These services can include medical, dental, vision, transportation, translation, pediatrics, behavioral health, substance abuse, health education, and enrollment services. The following represents a breakdown of the patients that Ohio’s Community Health Centers serve:
• 15.8% are uninsured
• 57.3% are on Medicaid
• 9.5% are on Medicare
• 17.7% have private insurance
• 31% are 0-19 years old; 34% are 20-44 years old
• 62% are Caucasian; 28% are Black/African American; 8% are Latino/Hispanic
Community Health Centers Specialize in Meeting Community Needs
Ohio's Community Health Centers were conceived locally, and are cultivated and administered locally. As community leaders realize a need for health care and apply for federal funding, successful applicants receive annual grant money from the Bureau of Primary Health Care. This grant funding is to be used to serve the growing uninsured population. Furthermore, health center boards are required to contain a 51 percent patient majority, and must be sensitive to the needs of their patients and community.
Ohio's Community Health Centers Impact the Economy
In many areas of Ohio, OACHC member CHCs are the only source of health care for Medicaid patients and the uninsured. CHCs are safety net providers of cost-effective, high-quality primary and preventive health care in Ohio. Beyond the outstanding health services provided to patients, Ohio’s CHCs employ 259 physicians, 253 NP/PA/CNM providers, 101 dentists, 522 nurses and over 3,800 total staff positions in areas where quality professionals are in short supply. The overall economic impact of the CHC system is estimated to be over $230 million in the state of Ohio.
*Numbers and stats from 2015 UDS Report