Deaconess Health Check (DHC) is a Deaconess Associations, Inc. (DAI) patient-centered initiative to improve healthcare for at-risk patients through primary care, dental, behavioral health, and vision care in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
DHC Clinics were first created to fill a gap in community primary care services by supporting the establishment of school-based health centers. More recently, the concept has been expanded to include people who are coping with homelessness and substance abuse.
Today, there are 11 Deaconess Health Check locations in operation or under construction. These include:
- Western Hills High School/Dater High School: Deaconess Foundation provided $375,000 in 2012 to create 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 5200+ sq. ft. facility specifically addresses the opiate addiction problem plaguing our community and increases the capacity of CHNK’s “Champions” behavioral health program.
Homeless to Homes: In line with DAI's long-standing mission to deliver care where those less fortunate are located, Deaconess awarded $400,000 to the Cincinnati Center CIty Development Corporation's (3CDC) "Homeless to Homes" program in June 2014. These funds support clinics at
- City Gospel Mission
- Esther Marie Hatton Center for Women
- David & Rebecca Barron Center for Men
- Fairfield City School District: In early 2016, Deaconess awarded a $300,000 grant to help establish a school-based healthcare center in the Fairfield City School District. This is the first suburban school district in the U.S. to offer vision, dental, primary care and mental health services under one roof. Over 10,000 students are currently enrolled in this district.
- Center for Addiction Treatment: A grant for $300,000 was awarded to Cincinnati’s Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) in March 2016 to install a DHC clinic and relocate the Center’s outpatient addiction and mental health treatment services to a new a 17,000 sq. ft. structure on Ezzard Charles Drive – expanding the CAT’s capacity for detox beds in the community. This grant is consistent with DAI’s ongoing commitment to deliver primary care to at-risk individuals and renewed focus on both addiction and mental health.
- Talbert House: In April, 2016, Deaconess allocated $285,000 to fund start-up and operating costs to place Deaconess Health Checks at two Talbert House locations in the Walnut Hills and Western Hills neighborhoods of Cincinnati. Talbert House is a Cincinnati-based network with multiple sites in Ohio that works to improve social behavior and support personal recovery and growth for those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.
- Center for Respite Care: In late 2016, Cincinnati’s Center for Respite Care (CRC) was awarded $350,000 by Deaconess to support the Center’s plans to relocate/renovate its Avondale facility to Over-the-Rhine. Founded in 2003, CRC provides quality, holistic medical care to homeless people who need a safe place to heal while helping them break the cycle of homelessness. Construction began in early 2017.
Deaconess continues to evaluate other opportunities where Deaconess Health Check Clinics can impact the well-being of those who lack access to basic primary healthcare services.