• The HealthCare Connection will celebrate its 45 years of service to the community and the vision of its founder and CEO, Dolores Lindsay, on Oct. 4. Dr. Theodore Wymyslo, director of the Ohio Department of Health, will be the keynote speaker at The HealthCare Connection’s 45th anniversary luncheon at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets for the luncheon are $45 and may be purchased by calling 513-483-3081. Reserved tables and patron/sponsor packages are also available for the event.
    The Lincoln Heights Health Center, the first Community Health Center in Ohio, opened in 1967 with six part-time staff members and a $10,000 grant from the City of Lincoln Heights to provide care to medically underserved City residents. At that time, Lincoln Heights was the largest self-governed African American city in the nation; however, there were no physicians or dentists practicing there. The Lincoln Heights Health Center opened in a four-room apartment on a shoestring budget, where physicians, nurses and dentists worked solely on a volunteer basis. In 1972 the Health Center doubled its size by moving to a newly constructed Community Facilities building in Lincoln Heights. The Lincoln Heights Center remodeled and expanded in 1975 and 1985, then constructed a state-of-the-art facility in 2004, where it is today.
    To meet the growing need to provide health care services for the underserved in surrounding communities, health centers were opened in two additional neighborhoods: Mt. Healthy in 1987 and Forest Park in 1999. In 1996, the organization changed its corporate name to the Lincoln Heights HealthCare Connection. The corporate name was modified to The HealthCare Connection in 2005. In 2007, with a $100,000 grant from The Health Foundation, The HealthCare Connection co-located within four community behavioral health centers, providing badly needed primary health care to those with severe mental illness.