This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.
At HealthSource of Ohio (HSO), addressing social determinants of health and health equity is what we have been doing every day for over 46 years as a federally qualified health center (FQHC). With locations spread across eight counties in Southwestern Ohio, our patient population varies vastly by location. In our urban areas, patients travel to their appointments via the Metro bus line. In our rural areas, Amish patients travel to their appointments via horse and buggy. At HSO, we offer care to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
As an organization, we are committed to ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts and continuously strive to fulfill our mission of treating every patient with respect, dignity, and equality, irrespective of their race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, economic status, or ability to pay.
As part of our alignment to that mission, we also have a fundamental belief that all people belong and deserve fairness, justice, and inclusivity. Our strength comes from our diversity, and we celebrate the visible and invisible qualities that make each person unique, including race, gender, age, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and other identities. We strive to reflect the patients that we serve in our organizational governance, staffing, volunteer opportunities, and external partnerships. We are committed to advancing, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, inclusion, and belonging because it makes us a stronger organization.
HealthSource of Ohio incorporates several initiatives and policies into its praxis that seek to celebrate and promote diversity among our organization and communities.
- We hire and promote culturally competent leaders who are committed to and accountable for change and empowerment.
- We implement organizational systems, policies, and practices that address bias and prohibit discrimination of any kind.
- We build long-lasting relationships with external organizations and partners who share our commitments and who actively support diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
- We recruit, develop, retain, and celebrate a diverse workforce.
- We nurture an internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program that works to coordinate DEI-focused initiatives throughout the organization.
- We celebrate a variety of cultural events throughout the year, working to ensure that our employees and patients’ values, traditions, and holidays are respected and reflected in our larger corporate culture.