Access to Health Services
Current Situation - Lack of access to health services prevents individuals from receiving preventive and proper medical care needed to live healthy lives. The groups at highest risk of being unable to access medical care include the uninsured, men, the disabled, and those with lower incomes (<$25,000). Three census tracts in Lima (136, 137, 138) have been designated as Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Key Data Points
- The percentage of the population under the age of 65 without health insurance has decreased slightly from 15% in 2011 to 13% in 2014.
Opportunities for Improvement
- There are 4 census tracks in the south side of Lima (134, 136, 137, 138) and 5 census tracts in north Lima (110, 112, 122, 124, 141) that have been designated as Medical Underserved Areas/Populations.
Health Professional Shortage Areas are designated by HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration). Medical Underserved Areas/Populations are areas or populations designated by HRSA as having: high infant mortality, too few primary care providers, high poverty and/or high elderly population. In the following map the pink census tracks indicate the Medical Underserved Areas/Populations and the orange census tracks are both Medical Underserved Areas and Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas.
What is being done in our Community?
Health Partners of Western Ohio, a Federally Qualified Health Center, opened in 2003. The clinic provides health services, which include medical care, dental care, mental health care, pharmacy services, substance abuse treatment and social services and outreach. In 2012, Health Partners of Western Ohio applied for additional funds to open a North side clinic. The funds were approved and the North side clinic opened in 2014. Also in 2014, the Spartan Community Health Center opened in Lima Senior High School. This site is a school based clinic, but accepts patients of all ages. For more information, visit http://hpwohio.org/.
Lima Memorial Health System and St. Rita's Medical Center help individuals who need assistance in paying their medical bills. The CAP program is available for those who qualify. Assistance is also given to individuals to obtain Medicaid.