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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630
Robin Ross, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-2392

The Franklin County Commissioners announced grants this morning totaling $1,683,000 to community partner organizations for the purpose of promoting equity in healthcare for Franklin County residents.  The nine grant recipients and their initiatives were chosen because of their focus on reducing disparities in health outcomes primarily for populations that have been historically underserved by high-quality healthcare and health services.
“Our community is thriving in many ways but not always in an equitable way,” said Board of Commissioners President, Kevin L. Boyce.  “For many of our neighbors, the quality of healthcare that is available to them is dependent on their income or zip code, and there are unacceptable disparities for immigrants and people of color.  Healthcare and mental health care need to be thought of as human rights, but affecting that change takes purposeful, intentional effort, and these nine agencies are working hard to that end.”
The grants are administered by the commissioners’ Community Partnership agency which has made similar grants since 2021, and which oversaw more than $25 million in total grant funding last year.  Recipient organizations include the Children’s Hunger which is expanding its nutritional support for at-risk youth, and the Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio and Physicians CareConnection, which are working to reduce barriers to care, including by providing education and other culturally appropriate services.  In addition, Catholic Social Services will use the funding to provide a variety of health and social services aimed at Central Ohio’s Hispanic population, Lutheran Social Services will use it to provide medical, dental, behavioral health, and vision care for residents experiencing homelessness, and OhioHealth’s grant will go to maternal health and infant mortality efforts.  A full list of recipients is below.
“As a heart patient, I know something about the miracles of modern medicine, but I can also see that those miracles are conditional and that there are disparities that are holding some of our residents back from getting the care or preventative care that they deserve,” said Commissioner John O’Grady.  “These health equity grants are an acknowledgment that there is much work to be done and a step in the right direction for the recipient agencies.”
Recipients of this year’s health equity grants are required to not only show that they are providing healthcare to residents in need, but that they are also focused on long-term improvements in health outcomes, and also on moving health equity forward within the organization and with its partners.  The commissioners’ 2019 Rise Together Blueprint for Addressing Poverty in Franklin County identified disparate health outcomes as both a symptom and cause of poverty in our community.
“Many of our neighbors are struggling already, and disparate access to healthcare and health resources only makes it harder for working families to get ahead,” said Commissioner Erica C. Crawley.  “We at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners strive to serve every one of our residents each day, and working toward more equitable healthcare availability is one of the ways that we’re helping families thrive and not just survive.”
The commissioners’ resolutions approving these Health Equity Grants and more information about them are available here and here, and information about the commissioners’ Community Partnerships Program and future funding opportunities can be found here.

Franklin County Commissioners 2024 Health Equity Grant Recipients
  •  Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio: $150,000 to reduce barriers to cancer care by providing appropriate support, education, programs, and wrap-around services for Black and LGBTQIA+ individuals who are impacted by cancer and experiencing poverty.
  •  Catholic Social Services Inc.: $50,000 to provide a variety of social services to Central Ohio’s Hispanic population.
  •  Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio: $150,000 to provide affordable and appropriate pharmacy services and coordinate access to healthcare for vulnerable populations.
  •  Children’s Hunger Alliance: $150,000 to provide healthy and nutritious meals to children at risk for food insecurity, increase access to nutritious foods, and educate children about healthy eating and physical activity.
  •  FESTA: $8,000 to highlight the need for fitness and to address physical and mental health among young people.
  •  Lutheran Social Services: $50,000 to provide medical, dental, behavioral health, and vision care for people who are experiencing homelessness.
  •  OhioHealth Cooperation: $125,000 to provide comprehensive prenatal, postpartum, and women’s healthcare to women residing in Franklin County via the Wellness on Wheels mobile health unit.
  •  Physicians CareConnection: $500,000 for Helping Our People Everyday (H.O.P.E.), which provides care coordination for vulnerable populations.
  • PrimaryOne Health: $500,000 to offer comprehensive, high-quality, affordable healthcare and supportive services to meet the health needs of women and their families.