Deaconess Health Check is a Deaconess Associations, Inc. patient-centered initiative to improve healthcare for at-risk patients in the areas of pediatric, primary care, dental and mental health in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Deaconess Health Check was created to fill a gap in needed community-based primary care by supporting the establishment of school-based health centers. Today, it has expanded to include people who are experiencing homelessness and at-risk youth touched by substance abuse.
Today, there are six Deaconess Health Check locations in Greater Cincinnati:
- Western Hills High School/Dater High School: Deaconess Associations Foundation provided $375,000 in 2012 to establish a health center on the shared campus, providing primary medical and dental care to over 2,000 students. Deaconess partnered with Interact for Health and the Cincinnati Health Department to initiate the program for Cincinnati Public Schools.
- The Children’s Home of Cincinnati: In May 2014, Deaconess Foundation provided a $25,000 grant for needed medical equipment and support at The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. The Children’s Home provides special education and therapeutic treatment to children who are facing social, behavioral and/or learning challenges and need extra support to reach their full potential.
- Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky: A new, centralized Deaconess Health Check location in the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky (CHNK) Covington campus opened in April 2015. Fueled by a $318,000 grant, the 5,266 square foot facility specifically addresses the opiate addiction issue and increases the capacity of CHNK’s existing Champions school-based behavioral health services.
Homeless to Homes: Recognizing Deaconess’ long-standing mission of delivering care at the point of need for those less fortunate, in June 2014 Deaconess awarded $400,000 to the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation’s (3CDC) Homeless to Homes initiative. This grant supported three Deaconess Health Check clinics:
- City Gospel Mission – opened April 2015
- Esther Marie Hatton Center for Women – opened June 2015
- David & Rebecca Barron Center for Men – opened July 2015
Deaconess Foundation continues to evaluate applications for its Deaconess Health Check care delivery concept.