Participating Sustainability Partners:



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130 West North Street
Lima, Ohio 45801-4311
Phone: (419) 228-1836
Fax: (419) 228-3891

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 from 11% in 2014 to 5% in 2017.

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 (HPWO), a Federally Qualified Health Center, opened in 2003. The clinic provides health services, which include medical, dental, and behavioral health care, pharmacy services, chiropractic services, substance abuse treatment and social services. Allen County locations include the Gene Wright Community Health Center, the Spartan Community Health Center at Lima Senior High School, and the North Lima and Quick Care on North Main Street. For more information, visit

Community Health Services, (CMH) a Federally Qualified Health Center, is located on the Lima Memorial Hospital Campus on 1005 Bellefontaine Avenue, and provides family practice services. CMH also has an assister trained to help individuals apply and enroll in a health plan with savings or apply for Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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.