A local health clinic is opening in the Cincinnati tri-state area to ensure everyone is receiving the proper access to care, regardless of insurance.
The Ohio Department of Health reports that almost eight percent of adults aged 18-64 do not have health insurance. Between 2015 and 2017, an average of about 11 percent of people were not able to see a doctor because they couldn’t afford it. The University of Cincinnati Health Clinic is paving the way to reducing these numbers.
UC medical students are trying to make a difference for low-income families who do not have health insurance; most of these families are people of color.
The UC health clinic is completely free of cost. Despite being initiated by students, it is run by licensed professionals who are highly experienced in their industry.
The students have raised nearly $34,000 in donations. The healing center will operate like an urgent care that handles the flu, fever, infections and minor injuries. For non-English speaking patients, language interpreters will be on site.
Students have teamed up with Vineyard Cincinnati Church, which offers a food pantry, job services, clothing, English classes, citizenship classes and high school equivalency classes.
The pharmacy students have also provided a list of local pharmacies so if the patient needs to fill a prescription, they can be directed to a place where they have easy access.
The health clinic will be open every Saturday morning from 9 AM to noon.