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Community Partner Spotlight

Buckeye’s Community Partner Spotlight shares good news about some of the great work being done in our local communities. We hope you enjoy learning about our partners around the state!

Take a look at our past partner spotlights. Email Chris Beers at for more information to feature your organization in an upcoming partner spotlight edition. 

Food Strong

Food Strong's mission is to strengthen and empower communities through fresh, local foods. The organization’s vision is that everyone in Northeast Ohio will have equitable access to nutritious foods and other resources to lead high-quality, healthy lives.

Food Strong operates a variety of programs that promote production, consumption, preparation and sales of fresh, local foods to underserved communities. The organization collaborates with a variety of community organizations in order to foster success and sustainability. Food Strong's School Garden program brings garden, nutrition and entrepreneurship programs to young learners across Northeast Ohio. During the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures, Food Strong built a Learning Garden at one of their major partner sites, the Coit Road Farmers’ Market in East Cleveland. Small groups are brought together in a safe, outdoor space where they can learn how to grow and prepare fresh foods and gain business skills

by selling their produce at the Market. Food Strong's Care-A-Van initiative hosts vibrant, holistic wellness experiences at farmers’ markets and other community events. The organization hosts Care-A-Van at the Coit Road Farmers' Market once a month. Additionally, Food Strong's Care Strong Project brings health screenings, resources and food education to emergency food programs in Cleveland and East Cleveland.

Buckeye is proud to partner with Food Strong to assist our members with food needs. We have also partnered with Food Strong for the Care-A-Van events and other community initiatives.

For more information about Food Strong, contact Sara Continenza at or 216.640.0342, or visit to learn more and sign up for their monthly newsletter.

This informational handout includes more information about Food Strong's programs, and Food Strong's event calendar can be found on their website. 

Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center

Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center offers quality care and resources to support the uninsured or underinsured. The free clinic provides medical care, health education, counseling and connections to resources to address the needs of about 1000 patients a year.

Staffed by volunteers, patients receive primary care and support including medication guidance, referrals to dental and specialty care, and women’s cancer checks. The clinic also offers reduced-price Tuberculosis (TB) skin tests and free physical exams for those entering the workforce. Without insurance, these services can cost upwards of $100. Patients contribute an $8 donation for their TB skin test and other services are free of charge.

Buckeye is proud to partner with Helping Hands to help patients without insurance find affordable options. Helping Hands social workers and counselors also utilize Buckeye’s online resource platform, Buckeye Community Connect, to address patients’ food, housing, transportation, healthcare, and employment needs.

For more information about Helping Hands, email or call 614-262-5094.


Moms2B improves the health status of at-risk communities by empowering pregnant women to deliver full-term healthy babies. The Central Ohio pregnancy program was established by the Ohio State University to partner with providers and the community to decrease infant mortality.

The organization comes alongside new and pregnant moms and their support systems to address social determinants of health, eliminate disparities and empower and provide education. Moms2B’s group model has significantly impacted infant mortality rates (IMR) in Franklin county. From the program’s start in 2011 to 2019, the IMR in Franklin county decreased from 9.6 to 6.9.

During the pandemic, Moms2B transitioned from in-person weekly sessions in eight neighborhoods to “Moms2B Virtual,” 10 weekly Zoom groups and individual check-ins with doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians, navigators and community health workers. The organization supported more than 600 moms virtually from April to December 2020.

Buckeye is proud to partner with Moms2B to offer extra support, encouragement and education for our members who are pregnant or new moms.

For more information, contact Program Director Twinkle Scottke at 614-315-0664 or

Phoenix Rising Behavioral Healthcare and Recovery, Inc.

Phoenix Rising Behavioral Healthcare and Recovery, Inc. addresses the mental health and addiction needs of people and families in the Canton and Alliance areas. The organization provides psychiatric services, counseling and care management for individuals and groups of children, adolescents and adults.

Phoenix Rising has more than 100 staff members dedicated to service. Their psychiatrists and Advanced Nurse Practitioners specialize in addiction, mental health and dual disorders such as mental illness/intellectual disorders or substance abuse/mental health concerns. In 2020, Phoenix Rising served more than 7,500 people.

Buckeye has partnered with Phoenix Rising for more than 15 years to support our members. Phoenix Rising’s staff attend Buckeye’s agency partner meetings and events to network and collaborate with other partners and providers.

For more information, call 330-493-4553 or email Laura Wackerly at


Harbor improves the health and well-being of individuals and families through high quality compassionate mental health services. Each year, more than 23,000 patients receive treatment across 20 locations in Lucas, Wood, Defiance and Hamilton counties.

Harbor offers counseling, psychiatric services, substance use disorder assessment and treatment, developmental pediatrics, case management and vocational rehabilitation. They operate The Chrysalis -- an outpatient medical detoxification program for pregnant and new moms with addiction.  They also offer a women’s residential treatment program. Other special programs for clients at every stage of life include: Youth Enhancement Services (YES), Work Experience Program (WEP) and Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE).

Buckeye is proud to partner with Harbor since 2014 to offer members mental health services and support.

For more information about Harbor, call 419-475-4449 or visit


JRC enriches the lives of Stark County residents by educating children, engaging seniors and strengthening community. JRC operates two non-profit agencies serving more than 150 clients each day.

JRC Learning Center in NE Canton provides quality 5-Star early education and developmental activities for children six weeks through preschool. The center offers a high quality curriculum and programs like the Healthy Habits for a Lifetime Program that educates children on healthy habits by providing healthy food choices and incorporating daily physical activity.

JRC Adult Day Center assists older adults maintain an active lifestyle and remain independent in a daytime setting. The center provides older adults the opportunity to engage in purposeful activities, work on activities of daily living, socialize with friends, exercise and participate in group trips.

JRC brings children and seniors together through their Intergenerational Connections Program. The two generations get to know one another and build meaningful relationships through gatherings, services and learning.

JRC will be opening a second early education center in the Spring of 2021 and has recently doubled the size of the JRC Adult Day Center in a recent expansion in NW Canton.

To learn more about JRC, visit or call JRC Learning Center at 330-452-8376 or JRC Adult Day Center at 330-454-3471.

Vertava Health

Through Vertava Health, individuals get the care they deserve so they can live out their best future. Vertava supports those with substance use disorders and mental health conditions through individualized treatment on-site, and online and comprehensive care management services.

Between 50 and 75 clients receive care at Vertava’s campuses each day. Their evidence-based treatment programs help build a comprehensive life in recovery beyond the standard 30-day plan. And, Vertava’s unique programs support at-risk populations to further assist Ohioans. They partner with the Veterans Administration to support local veterans. In addition, they work alongside women’s shelters, pregnancy centers and OBGYNs to support young mothers and families.  Together with  university counseling centers, Vertava connects young adults with education and healthy self-care resources.

Buckeye is proud to partner with Vertava to provide quality care for our members. They just opened two new locations to offer in-patient detox and residential SUD services in Sherrodsville and outpatient behavioral wellness and SUD services in Dublin.

For more information about Vertava, visit or call 888-512-3321.

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) prepares teens and young adults to become economically self-sufficient contributors to Northeast Ohio’s educated, skilled and inclusive workforce.

Each year, about 5,000 clients are touched through Y.O.U.’s various programs and initiatives. The organization offers workforce development resources spanning from youth skills building to first job preparation including:

  • School-based programs
  • Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) and internships
  • Community-based programs
  • Summer Youth Employment Program for teens
  • Young Adult Opportunities Program with job readiness training
  • 4-week paid work experience
  • Credential training programs

Y.O.U. also manages the Young Adult Resource Center at OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County with their partner Towards Employment to host workshops and training throughout the year for teens and young adults.

Buckeye is proud to partner with Y.O.U. to educate our members about employment resources available in Cuyahoga County.

For more information about Y.O.U. visit, email or 216-566-5445.

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association works to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. Their work is focused on four goals: to defeat lung cancer, champion clean air for all; improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families, and create a tobacco-free future. Each year, the American Lung Association supports more than 327,000,000 people across the country.

The organization offers a wide range of services including: youth and adult tobacco cessation programs, asthma management programs and webinars, a helpline with dedicated nurses and respiratory therapists and support groups. They also host events like the LUNG FORCE Expo to educate healthcare professionals and patients about emerging research. To raise money for research and education efforts, they hold fundraisers like the Lung Force Walk and Fight for Air Climb, a stair climbing event.

Buckeye is proud to partner with the American Lung Association to raise awareness of important lung health issues facing Ohioans today. Dr. Brad Lucas, Buckeye’s Chief Medical Officer recently made a teen vaping presentation to the American Lung Association’s Columbus Local Leadership Board. Our partnership with the American Lung Association also helps Buckeye further support members with lung disease like COPD and asthma, or those looking to stop smoking.

For more information on the American Lung Association email, visit or call 1-800-LUNGUSA.

Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc.

Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc. makes sure Toledo residents battling cancer don’t have to go through it alone. The organization operates 12 programs, ranging from healing art classes and spiritual guidance to financial consultations and hospital visits. They also partner with local resources to support cancer patients.

Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc. was created after its founder was battling cancer and realized an unmet need in the community for hands on support and guidance. Every employee, volunteer and board member of the organization has been touched by cancer in some way as well. Since its founding, the organization has provided $1.4 million in free programs in service to over 4,700 cancer patients and their families. They have also published three children’s books to raise awareness and educate youth about cancer in an age appropriate way.

Buckeye is honored to partner with Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc. to provide needed services like transportation to appointments and care management for those battling cancer.

For more information about Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc., call 419-725-1100, email or visit

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO) provides a safe, stable environment for children to heal and discover hope after experiencing abuse, neglect and trauma. The organization operates a residential center and offers mental health counseling and a foster care program to support Ohio’s children.

The residential center gives children, ages six to 18, therapeutic, social, spiritual and educational opportunities designed to aid in healing, model how a healthy family functions and  develop coping and life skills. In 2019, 92 children received treatment through the center. The foster care program connects children to support systems and last year served 99 children and 46 families.

CCHO’s Encompass Christian Counseling service offers outpatient and home-based counseling for more than 1,000 people in Wooster, Ashland, Mansfield, Massillon and Green. Clients also participate in unique options like equine therapy and trauma therapy.

Buckeye has partnered with CCHO since 2017. We offer quality healthcare for CCHO clients and refer members to CCHO services when needed.

For more information about CCHO, email, call 330-345-7949 or visit

T1Diabetes Journey Inc.

T1Diabetes Journey Inc. (T1DJ) serves as an advocate for diabetes awareness and wellness by providing support and maintenance assistance to Cincinnati residents.

The organization was founded by a Cincinnati mother who lost her 22-year-old daughter to Type 1 Diabetes and continues to care for her other daughter diagnosed with the disease. Each year, the organization supports more than 400 people by hosting informational workshops, health fairs, seminars, forums and fundraisers to educate the community about the physical and financial debilitating effects of diabetes.

During National Diabetes Month in November, T1DJ hosted an online event featuring information from diabetics across the country. The event focused on diabetes burnout, time in range (TIR) over A1C, highs and lows and diabetics technology.

Buckeye is proud to partner with T1DJ to coordinate quality healthcare and support for members with diabetes. We also have sponsored T1DJ’s annual fundraising walks.

For more information about T1DJ, call 513-486-2777 or email or visit

Epilepsy Alliance Ohio

Epilepsy Alliance of Ohio supports those impacted by seizures in the Cincinnati and Columbus areas. The organization offers 24/7 services including adult group homes, support groups, art therapy, individual counseling, school support, community education, camps, group homes and more.

Each day, Epilepsy Alliance serves between 16 and 22 clients. Throughout the year, they offer special educational programs, conferences and webinars.

Buckeye is proud to partner with Epilepsy Alliance on special projects and events supporting Ohio’s senior citizens, the most common group with an epilepsy diagnosis. The organization often participates in Buckeye’s agency partner meetings and has collaborated with Buckeye for various health fairs and speaking engagements.

For more information, visit or call (513) 721-2905 or (877) 804-2241.

NAMI Greater Cleveland

NAMI Greater Cleveland (NAMI GC) provides education, support, information, referrals and advocacy services to those affected by mental illness (both those living with the diagnosis and their family members).

Last year, NAMI GC served 14,010 people experiencing mental illness, their families and the community at large. The organization offers support groups and educational programs, all free of charge to Cuyahoga County residents.

NAMI takes a peer-based approach with their programs. Family groups and wellness groups are run by volunteers dedicated to helping others in similar circumstances. Their Family-to-Family 8-week course for family caregivers of individuals with mental illnesses covers topics like medication/treatment, current brain research, strategies for problem-solving, handling crises and locating support and services in the community. The Peer-to-Peer program supports people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

NAMI also operates a Helpline to provide information and referrals to peers, family members and professionals. Clients can call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or use the Live Chat option by visiting and clicking on the chat icon in the lower right corner to speak with a dedicated trained volunteer.

Buckeye is proud to partner with NAMI GC to sponsor their NAMIWalks.  This is Cleveland’s largest mental health event that supports local mental health programming and resources.

For more information about NAMI Greater Cleveland, call (216) 875-7776 or email To find the NAMI affiliate in your area call 1-800-686-2646 or visit

PBJ Connections

PBJ Connections provides behavioral health therapy to children, adults and families through horses, counseling and nature. As one of Central Ohio’s leading providers of equine assisted psychotherapy and other behavioral health services, the organization offers support to clients regardless of their ability to pay.

The organization offers telehealth and in-person counseling, equine assisted psychotherapy, wellness programs and group activities with community partners. Last year, PBJ Connections provided services to 924 individuals, including 417 equine assisted psychotherapy sessions.

Through their equine assisted psychotherapy programs, clients learn how their behaviors impact their feelings and the feelings of others, while learning skills they need to cope with their situation. And, PBJ Connections is developing unique programs like A PONY to better support the community’s mental health. The A PONY Program partners with local schools to provide psychoeducational groups to at-risk youth. PBJ Connections offers 90-minute group sessions once per week for ten weeks focused on the students’ leadership, coping skills, self-esteem and positive communication.

Buckeye is proud to partner with PBJ Connections to provide health insurance coverage for those seeking mental health services.

For more information about PBJ Connections, visit, follow them on Facebook, email or call (740) 924-7543.

Wings of Love Services

Wings of Love Services provides quality affordable care to help seniors and those with developmental disabilities in Montgomery, Clark and Greene counties live in the comfort and safety of their own homes, community and day program services.

The organization supports more than 50 clients each day by offering recreational activities like movies, county fairs, shopping, fitness programs and concerts, transportation, adult day services and personal care services. Wings of Love takes time to carefully assess and understand the client’s unique needs and enroll them in programs and services to help them thrive. Buckeye is proud to partner with Wings of Love to cover their services for our members.

For more information about Wings of Love Services, email or call (937) 789-8192.

Dress for Success Columbus

Dress for Success Columbus empowers unemployed and underemployed, job-ready women to achieve economic independence. The organization provides a network of support, career development tools and professional attire to help women thrive in work and in life.

In 2019, Dress for Success Columbus has supported more than 1,800 women and they are seeing an increase in need this year due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dress for Success works one-on-one with clients to help them restore confidence and achieve upward mobility in their careers. They host many programs including Interview and Employment Suiting, Empowerment Hour sessions, Professional Women’s Group, Women 2 Women Mentoring, Interviewing for Success training, Boss Girl programming and an annual Success InSight Conference. They refer clients to a network of more than 120 partners for additional support and employment.

Dress for Success programming is made possible through the support of volunteers. Buckeye is proud to partner with the organization to offer our associates volunteer opportunities and connection opportunities through our INSPIRE Women’s Employee Inclusion Group.

For more information on Dress for Success Columbus, visit For client referral services, email Jessica Bradbury at or to volunteer, email Rhea Opiniano at

Lifecare Family Health and Dental Center

Lifecare Family Health and Dental Center provides quality healthcare to medically underserved residents in Canton, Massillon and Stark counties. The federally qualified health center supports the care of more than 8,400 patients each year by offering safe, affordable and accessible healthcare.

Lifecare’s dedicated team of family physicians, dentists, optometrists, certified nurse practitioners, counselors and healthcare professionals provides services at three locations. And, they welcome new patients. Their patient-centered care model promotes strong relationships with patients, addresses and coordinates care across all health sectors.

Buckeye is proud to partner with Lifecare to support the preventative and immediate care needs of our members. Buckeye also partners with Lifecare to educate community members about Medicaid options and provide important health information during sign-up events, National Health Center Week, baby showers and other community outreach.

For more information about Lifecare, visit or call 330-454-2000.


Voicecorps enriches lives by reading printed news and information to people who are blind, have low vision, or other conditions that prevent reading. All the readers are volunteers. The organization serves more than 3,500 Central Ohio residents every day. Recently, they expanded to support residents in Northwest and Southeast Ohio.

Voicecorps broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They feature newspapers, magazines, journals and books. Some of the most popular readings include grocery/retail ads, obituaries and live call-in programs. The “Morning Exchange” interview program highlights current topics, meetings and events in the area. Eligible people can also listen to Voicecorps online using a PC, smartphone, or any smart-speaker such as Amazon Alexa Echo, Dot and Google home.

Buckeye is proud to partner with Voicecorps to increase awareness of their reading service to members and the community with disabilities.

For more information about Voicecorps, visit, call them at 614-274-7650 or email

Care Alliance Health Center

Care Alliance Health Center provides high-quality, comprehensive healthcare to Cleveland area residents. The federally qualified health center focuses on addressing the unique healthcare needs of homeless and underserved people in their community. They offer family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and other services.

In 2019, Care Alliance Health Center served nearly 17,000 patients, averaging 200 patients each day. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they continue to meet the needs of patients through telemedicine services, medication assisted treatment and COVID-19 testing.

Buckeye is proud to partner with Care Alliance Health Center to encourage members to make and keep preventative care and other types of medical appointments. Buckeye also helps educate community members about their health insurance options and benefits through events and community outreach activities.

For more information about Care Alliance Health Center, visit or call 216-535-9100.

Neighborhood Leadership Institute’s Healthy Communities

Neighborhood Leadership Institute’s Healthy Communities helps Cuyahoga County residents of all ages get healthy and stay healthy. Healthy Communities believes that health is not just the absence of disease, but about vibrant living.

Each year, Healthy Communities helps about 1,000 pregnant residents. Their neighborhood navigators work with new and expectant moms on health issues that directly impact their lives. This outreach helps combat infant mortality by increasing awareness of health and social services.  Navigation also connects families to home visiting services to provide continued support for mom-to-be and other family members.

Healthy Communities connects with moms daily through Facebook, Instagram and the Navigation line and hosts and supports community wide drive through diaper distributions, diaper drives, baby showers and providing helpful and fun information. Buckeye is proud to partner with NLI for these initiatives to further support our members and moms in need.

For organizations interested in partnering, please contact Nailah Muhammad, Community Navigator Liaison, at 216-644-6552, or email

If a pregnant Mom needs support and resources, please call their hotline number at 216-658-1355.

Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) promotes the health, safety and well-being of children and adolescents so they can achieve their dreams. With membership of more than 2,900 Ohio pediatricians and residents, Ohio AAP is the state’s strongest network of education and advocacy professionals focused on pediatrics.

In 2019, Ohio AAP members impacted more than one million children through quality improvement programs and education. And, their awareness campaigns reached more than 174 million people across the country.

Many pediatric advocates, providers and families rely on Ohio AAP’s educational tools and resources. And, Ohio AAP continues to support pediatricians and continue to preserve and protect pediatrics during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their #SafePedsHealthyKids social media campaign and office remobilization toolkit, dedicated COVID-19 webinars, virtual education and meetings among other activities allows them to remain a constant advocate and source of information to members, partners and families.

On September 4, Buckeye is proud to partner with Ohio AAP on their upcoming Summer Education Meeting to provide teen vaping and lead screening and prevention training.

For more information about Ohio AAP, visit or call 614-846-6258.

Primary Health Solutions

Primary Health Solutions provides quality, affordable healthcare to Butler and Montgomery county residents. The federally qualified health center offers medical, dental, vision and behavioral health services across nine health centers in Southwest Ohio.

The health center serves more than 32,000 patients each year including more than 14,000 children. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Primary Health Solutions is offering telehealth visits via video chat and phone.

Buckeye is proud to partner with Primary Health Solutions to continue to meet members’ needs through unique programs and outreach activities and community events like Family Wellness Block Parties. In partnership with the Butler County WIC Program, the block parties provide health education and screenings, fun activities, information and giveaways to the community.

For more information about Primary Health Solutions or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 513-454-1111 or 937-535-5060.


Adriel supports children without a family or whose family environment is not safe or healthy. The organization provides foster care and adoption services, family preservation, clinical services, training and independent living programs.

In 2019, Adriel served 365 youth in foster care, had 27 adoptions and provided 2,666 hours of clinical services and 4,564 hours of family preservation services. The Adriel Training Institute also offered a series of informative training programs for foster parents, social workers, therapists and other service providers.

Buckeye is proud to include Adriel in our behavioral health provider network. Through this partnership, we ensure that youth have access to both physical and mental health services to help them thrive.

Visit to learn more about their services and to find a list of their regional office locations. Or follow them on social media: Facebook @Adriel.Inc , Twitter @Adriel1896, or Instagram @adriel_1896

The City of Cleveland Department of Public Health

The City of Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) strives to improve the quality of life in Cleveland by promoting healthy behavior, protecting the environment, preventing disease and making their community a healthy place to live, visit, work and play.  CDPH health centers support families by offering reproductive health services, tests and vaccinations.

In 2019, CDPH saw 3,786 reproductive health patients and gave 668 childhood immunizations, 915 flu shots and 1,078 TB tests.

Buckeye is proud to partner with CDPH to increase awareness of community healthcare resources and services to Cleveland residents. For more than 10 years, we have supported one another to ensure patients have the most up-to-date health information at their fingertips and answer any questions they may have about their health insurance coverage and benefits.

During this time, CDPH health centers remain open and childhood immunizations are offered on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at J. Glen Smith Health Center and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at T.F. McCafferty Health Center.

To learn more about CDPH, visit or call 216-664-2362.

CHC Addiction Services

CHC Addiction Services provides comprehensive prevention, treatment and recovery services for addictive and compulsive behaviors and disorders. CHC treats, inspires and empowers those impacted by the disease of addiction and supports them on the road to recovery, regardless of social or economic factors.

CHC assists 2,000 individuals each month with individual, family and group counseling, primary health care, medical detoxification, residential treatment and educational seminars. Buckeye is proud to partner with CHC to offer healthcare coverage to address the needs of those with addiction. Our associates work directly with CHC counselors to meet members’ individual treatment needs.

Their holistic recovery model goes beyond healthcare treatment, addressing social needs through vocational assistance, housing, case management and child care services. Buckeye partners with CHC for our annual Operation Feed the Hungry turkey distribution to ensure their clients have a healthy holiday meal.

To learn more about CHC, visit, call 330-434-4141 or email

Fairhill Partners

Fairhill Partners connects Ohioans to opportunities for lifelong learning, intergenerational relationships and successful aging. The center offers both direct services and leases and events rentals for 35+ organizations. Fairhill itself offers support groups, educational sessions, respite days, and counseling for adult family caregivers and kinship caregivers, and six different evidence-based workshop programs across four counties.

Fairhill serves more than 2,000 individuals each year. The participants engage in a variety of weekly activities and workshops catered to their needs. “Take Charge of Your Health!” workshops support people with chronic illnesses and to ensure consistent help during COVID -19, we now offer several evidence-based programs via the telephone and/or virtually to reach isolated seniors and others who are sheltering at home. Active Living with Chronic Pain, Active Living with Diabetes, and Active Living with Chronic Conditions. Participants receive a book, CD, and homework instructions for a positive workshop experience at home. The Yes I Can! fitness center offers gym equipment and fitness classes.

Fairhill further assists seniors by addressing their social determinants of health challenges. The organization makes referrals to social service resources including but not limited to Prescription Drug Discounts, Health Care Benefits, Food Stamps (SNAP), Property Tax Relief, Phone Discount Programs, Home Energy Assistance Programs and Senior Employment Programs. Fairhill, in collaboration with the Cleveland Foodbank distributes food to more than 300 families every week. And, they operate the Senior Guest House which provides safe, temporary housing for first-time homeless adults aged 60 or older.

Buckeye has partnered with Fairhill to support our older adult members since 2015. Our aging members rely on Fairhill’s delivery programs, services and programs. 

To learn more about Fairhill, visit, call 216-421-1350 or email

Breastfeeding Outreach for Our Beautiful Sisters

Breastfeeding Outreach for Our Beautiful Sisters (BOOBS) supports expectant mothers in the Cincinnati area by protecting against infant mortality. The organization provides breastfeeding outreach, education, training and research to help vulnerable populations ensure their babies have the best nutritional start.

BOOBS has worked with over 300 expectant mothers and families throughout Hamilton county and has expanded its reach to surrounding counties. They offer individual sessions to support expectant mothers with guidance from health professionals that focuses on high risk maternal health issues. They also host several community events throughout the year. Their largest event, “Community Baby Shower,” invites pregnant and new mothers to participate in an interactive health education session with community service vendors, free food, free baby items, gifts and music.

Many Buckeye members are participants in the BOOBS expectant mothers sessions. Buckeye was proud to be one of the first supporters of BOOBS in 2016 and continues to support their work by offering resources for their community events and publicizing their programs and events to both members and our partner network.

For more information about BOOBS and its services, visit, or call 513.783.2301 to schedule an appointment.

Epilepsy Foundation Ohio

Epilepsy Foundation Ohio offers programs and services to those affected by epilepsy and seizures. The organization is leading the fight to overcome challenges associated with epilepsy and help accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives.

Last year, Epilepsy Foundation Ohio had more than 9,500 interactions with individuals, offering programs and services to meet their needs. The organization organizes Facebook groups to support adults who have Epilepsy and parents of children who have Epilepsy. They also offer a program for children, age 14 and younger, called Kid’s Crew that helps children better understand their condition or the condition of someone they care about. They also offer free seizure first aid kits to support schools, first responders, daycares and senior support services. In addition to individualized programs and services, the organization hosts throughout the year including the Ohio Epilepsy Wellness Expo and Epilepsy Awareness Day at Kings Island.

Buckeye partners with Epilepsy Foundation Ohio to cover needed treatment and support services for our members.

To learn more about Epilepsy Foundation Ohio, visit, email or call 937-233-2500.

Lower Lights Christian Health Center

Lower Lights Christian Health Center provides medical, vision, dental, behavioral health, nutrition and spiritual care for Central Ohioans, regardless of their ability to pay. The Federally Qualified Health Center maintains six locations, employs 150 medical professionals and staff and cares for 12,000 patients across Central Ohio each year.

In addition to operating clinical facilities, Lower Lights operates multiple community focused programs and events including health fairs and Medicaid enrollment opportunities. Presently, Lower Lights is partnering with Mount Carmel Health Systems and the Union County Health Department to offer COVID-19 testing in Franklinton and Marysville.

Buckeye has been proud to partner with Lower Lights to serve Ohio’s most vulnerable populations since our inception in 2004. Throughout the years, Buckeye has regularly participated in wellness events at the health center, provided support to stock the Jubilee Market and Cafe and sponsored community programs and events from 5K runs to health fairs.

This month, Buckeye looks forward to working with Lower Lights to launch a Healthy Food Rx program in east Franklinton. The six-month program will help 30 participants with chronic conditions develop healthy eating habits to improve their overall health.

To learn more about Lower Lights, visit

Lutheran Social Services

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) addresses the needs of Ohioans by providing food, shelter, safety and healing. Their programs cover 27 counties in Ohio and offer food (LSS Food Pantries), housing (LSS Faith Mission and affordable housing communities), domestic violence services (LSS CHOICES), senior living and healthcare.

Last year, LSS Faith Mission served 216,841 meals and provided 84,578 nights of shelter. LSS CHOICES provided 28,256 nights of shelter and answered 4,464 crisis hotline calls. And LSS Food Pantries provided 1,338,309 meals to 43,789 clients.

LSS programs support many Buckeye Medicaid members. We appreciate their partnership to address food and healthcare needs specifically forOhio’s most vulnerable populations. Buckeye has contributed volunteer time and financial resources to support their work.

To learn more about Lutheran Social Services, visit

Good Grief of Northwest Ohio, Inc.

Good Grief of Northwest Ohio, Inc. provides support for grieving children, teens, young adults, and their families, who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives.

Good Grief currently supports 145 children and 68 adults throughout the grieving process. They offer no-cost peer support groups for children and teens (ages 4-18) and young adults (age 18-25) dealing with the impact of death.

Good Grief programming helps children explore and express their thoughts, fears, questions and emotions about death and loss in a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental environment. Trained volunteer facilitators help them identify positive people and activities, and coping skills to help them through the rough times so they are less likely to rely on negative or harmful ways of dealing with the pain of losing someone important to them.

During the COVID-19 crisis, more children may be in need of grief support. Buckeye is proud to partner with Good Grief to raise awareness of its services.

To learn more about Good Grief, visit or email

The Health Collaborative

The Health Collaborative (THC) supports healthcare providers in the Greater Cincinnati region in their work around the triple aim of healthcare: healthier people, better care, and lower cost.

Hundreds of thousands of individuals across the Cincinnati region are impacted every year by one of the 37 hospitals and health systems, 80 provider organizations, and more than 50 business partners in The Health Collaborative system.

THC was awarded one of 31 Accountable Health Communities cooperative agreements by The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to further address the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) needs of Medicare and Medicaid members by reducing costs while improving health outcomes. The five-year project is called Gen-H Connect. Gen-H works with clinical delivery sites (CDS) to screen Medicare and Medicaid members for SDOH challenges related to food insecurity, housing, utilities, transportation, and safety.

Buckeye is proud to partner with the Gen-H initiative to further support members in the Cincinnati area. Members with identified needs receive a resource summary and those who had an emergency room visit two or more times in the previous 12 months become eligible for community navigation services.

To learn more about the Health Collaborative or the Gen-H project, visit or follow their social media channels.

March of Dimes Northwest Ohio

March of Dimes Northwest Ohio leads the fight for the health of Ohio’s moms and babies. They believe that every baby deserves the best possible start in life.

For over 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive by leveling the playing field for healthy pregnancies regardless of age, socio-economic background or demographics.

March for Dimes advocates for policies that prioritize maternal health, raise awareness for the importance of quality care and pioneer research to find solutions to the biggest health threats moms and babies face.

The organization is widely known for its annual March for Dimes walks. Buckeye has been a proud supporter of these throughout the years. This year, the 2020 walk transitioned to an online challenge due to COVID-19. Their virtual March for Babies StepUp! fundraising challenge takes place from April 2 to August 15. Funds raised support research for COVID-19 treatments ensuring they are inclusive and safe for pregnant and lactating women, advocacy, education, and resources.

To learn more about the work of the March of Dimes Northwest Ohio, contact Paige Reyes at or 567-277-8022.

PCs for People

PCs for People strives to increase school, college, career readiness, and employment for Ohio residents by providing technology access and digital literacy training.

Since 2018, they have distributed over 5,000 computers and nearly 2,500 internet hotspots to families in the Cleveland area. Through refurbished electronics, PCs for People offers the opportunity for all low-income individuals and nonprofits to benefit from the impact of computers and mobile internet.

The average annual income for a family that receives a computer from PCs for People is $11,969 and 67% of recipients are unemployed. PCs for People supports these families so they can focus on meeting basic needs instead of the affordability of a computer.

Buckeye is proud to partner with PCs for People to offer Medicaid and Medicare members access to the refurbished electronics.

To learn more about PCs for People, visit, email, or call 216-930-5741.

The Ability Center

One in four people has a disability that impacts the way they connect with the world around them. The Ability Center helps people with disabilities thrive in their community through advocacy, education, partnerships and services.

In 2019, The Ability Center served 763 people. The organization provides youth and transition services that support independent living goals, recreational programs and programs to enhance employment, self-advocacy and social skills among others.

To further support independent living for all ages, The Ability Center places assistance dogs with people with mobility and developmental disabilities, gifts durable medical equipment and assistive devices, and provides home modifications to ensure safety in the home. They facilitate home modification projects like installing grab bars, handrails, low-rise steps or ramps to meet members' individual needs and help them stay independent at home. The Ability Center partners with Buckeye to offer these services to MyCare Ohio waiver members.

For more information about The Ability Center, call 419-885-5733 or visit

Monarch Center for Autism & Bellefaire JCB

The Monarch Center for Autism, a program of Bellefaire JCB, supports youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The center provides exceptional care, education and advocacy to enhance the emotional, physical and intellectual well-being of children, young adults and families in the Jewish and general community.

The Monarch Center serves roughly 30,000 children and families locally and across the country. They offer a comprehensive array of residential, early childhood, educational, transition, prevocational, adult and community programs for individuals age 3 through adulthood with ASD. Families use the center’s residential treatment, counseling and community services, adoption and foster care, youth homelessness and mentoring programs among others.

Buckeye refers Medicaid members with autism to the Monarch Center for Autism for behavioral health treatment and services that meet their needs. To learn more about the Monarch Center for Autism, call 216-320-8502 or visit

Women's Center of Ohio

Women’s Center of Ohio provides free, confidential consulting, support, education and medical services to women facing unintended pregnancies.

Women’s Center serves over 5,000 women annually from seven Women’s Centers located throughout the Miami Valley and Southwest Ohio through programming, walk-in clients and appointments. The center offers free pregnancy tests, verification of pregnancy and ultrasounds, as well as ongoing programs and services to support a healthy pregnancy.

In addition to daily healthcare services, Women’s Centers provide weekly and monthly workshops and classes on topics like pregnancy, parenting, healthy relationships, fertility, nutrition, life skills, and more. They also offer one-on-one mentoring for women or couples who desire healing from baby loss through miscarriage, stillbirth, and abortion.

Many Women’s Center clients do not have health insurance coverage, an integral resource to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Buckeye partners with Women’s Centers to educate women on health insurance options and provide health education for new moms. Buckeye also speaks at the Centers’ group classes on topics like prenatal care and behavioral health.

For more information about Women’s Centers, call 513-620-8844 or email

Youth to Youth International

Youth to Youth engages young people through meaningful discussions, activities and experiences to develop and implement their own ideas to create positive change in their community.

For over 33 years, Youth to Youth has led the way in effective prevention programming with youth at the forefront. The organization provides students with resources and skills to serve as role models to their peers and younger students.

Youth to Youth uses the power of positive peer influence to support teens to live free of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The teen-centered programming is supported by resiliency and asset development research. Youth to Youth hosts monthly meetings, free fun family events and community service activities for teens in the community. Buckeye partners with Youth to Youth to host events and provide local resources and programming to youth and their families.

To learn more about Youth to Youth, call 614-565-9332 or visit

3/31 Team US

3/31 Team US promotes and raises awareness of chronic illness and mental health conditions in our communities through events, outreach programs and speaking engagements. 3/31 hopes to inspire, educate and motivate those battling with chronic or “invisible” illnesses to “live and not just survive” after diagnosis.

3/31 Team US offers social media groups for community members to connect with one another for support. In addition, monthly group meetings called “Let’s Start a Convo” are organized to gather those looking to share experiences and participate in fun activities with others diagnosed with chronic illness. The organization’s founder is a Buckeye Health Plan member who shared her personal story about a health scare with diabetes that turned into a triumph.

For more information, visit or follow on Facebook at 3/31 Team US or Instagram at 331_TeamUs.

Arrowhead Behavioral Health

Arrowhead Behavioral Health provides comprehensive psychiatric treatment and chemical dependency services to adults ages 18 and older. The behavioral health treatment facility offers a private, confidential and non-institutional environment that supports healing and recovery in the Maumee community.

Arrowhead served more than 2,400 people, including 240 Buckeye members in 2019. Buckeye is proud to partner with Arrowhead to offer members quality behavioral health services.

The facility’s licensed professionals meet with patients and consult with psychiatrists to provide personal care. This includes inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation, psychiatric care, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy. Arrowhead is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for anyone in need.

For more information, call 419-891-9333 or visit

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) conducts disability determinations and helps Ohioans with disabilities find employment opportunities and achieve independence. ODD partners with businesses, education and non-profit organizations to create customized employment plans for Ohioans with disabilities. On the employer side, ODD helps Ohio companies recruit and retain employees with disabilities.

OOD partners with Buckeye Health Plan to ensure that members with disabilities have the resources and support they need to thrive while overcoming obstacles related to employment and medical benefits.

As the only State agency that determines medical and vocational Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs in Ohio, ODD works alongside four key partners: Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI), Division of Disability Determination (DDD) and the Division of Employer and Innovation Services (EIS).

For more information, call 614.438.1200 or email

United Way of Greater Toledo

United Way of Greater Toledo fights for the education, health and financial stability of community members in Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties. The organization’s 2-1-1 resource program provides residents with access to local resources and programs to thrive.

Access to resources is available to residents 24/7, 365 days a year. 2-1-1 Community Resource Advisors answer about 250 calls and texts each day. These calls result in referrals for food, shelter/housing, clothing and utility assistance. Callers are given as many referrals as needed to address and remove social barriers that can undermine their health and well-being.

For more information, visit

AxessPointe Community Health Centers

AxessPointe Community Health Centers provides quality, affordable and compassionate healthcare for patients in low-income communities. The federally qualified health center (FQHC) delivers primary medical, dental, pharmacy and preventative health services.

AxessPointe delivers care at five sites in Northeast Ohio. In 2019, the health center served more than 20,000 with more than 67,000 encounters across all locations and services.

AxessPointe hosts several community events throughout the year. One of their largest events, “Family Fun Health Fair '' invites families to gather for free food, school supplies, haircuts for kids, face painting, music and community resources during the back to school season. During Medicaid Open Enrollment, the center hosts free enrollment fairs to educate and provide assistance to potential Medicaid members.

Many Buckeye members receive care at AxessPointe’s centers. Buckeye partners with AxessPointe to address member needs at events and appointments by promoting good health and educating members on benefits and services. The two organizations have worked together since 2013 to eliminate barriers to healthcare and increase access to high-quality affordable care.

For more information about AxessPointe and its services, visit or call 888-975-9188 to schedule an appointment.

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

The mission of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is to advance support for older adults and caregivers by providing direct service, engaging in applied social research and leading advocacy efforts on behalf of the aging population.

Benjamin Rose subsidiary organizations provide a variety of support services to the older adult population daily. The Eldercare Services Institute (ESI) delivers a full range of services designed to help older adults remain independent in the community and transition to alternative care and housing options when appropriate. Benjamin Rose offers adult day services, behavioral health services, including day treatment, social work, Senior Companions, and WeCare, a telephone-based care coaching program for older adults with chronic conditions and their caregivers.

Benjamin Rose Centers for Aging Well and Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) provides additional programs and services that support aging in place like home-delivered meals, educational, recreational and wellness programs, financial education and counseling, housing education and counseling, and benefit enrollment services. Each year, the organization provides more than 65,000 home-delivered and congregate meals to nearly 2,000 older adults.

Buckeye has partnered with Benjamin Rose since 2014 to increase education and awareness of services and benefits to support the older adult population. Access to these services helps older adults remain in their homes as they age.

For more information, call 216-791-8000, email or visit

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

The Ohio Hispanic Coalition (OHCO) improves the well-being and quality of life for all Hispanics/Latinos through support, education, training and access to quality health care. OHCO serves more than 130 clients each day through programs like the Interpretation & Translation services program, Promotoras de Salud health program, the Niños en Acción youth and education program and the Soy Latina Victim Services program.

Programs support all ages and challenges clients may face. OHCO’s “Soy Latina” or “I am Latina” program supports victims of any type of violence. Clients are provided Promotora Specialist that work as advocates to provide case management, court accompaniment and emotional support among other services. The “Niños en Acción” of “children in action” program is a bilingual/bicultural educational program assisting students with opportunities year-around to learn outside of the classroom in formats that meet their specific academic and holistic needs to achieve success.

In addition to the organization's primary initiatives, the OHCO partners with Buckeye to expand its reach. OHCO has worked alongside Buckeye for more than 10 years to support families through their annual Día de los Reyes Magos Event and Operation Feed the Hungry.

Día de los Reyes Magos is a popular Latino celebration where children receive toys and are encouraged to learn about their cultural traditions. Buckeye has sponsored the event through toy donations. During the holidays, Buckeye’s Operation Feed the Hungry initiative has provided healthy holiday meals to hundreds of OHCO families.

For more information, call (614) 840-9934 or visit

Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries

Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries provides an array of job training services to prepare individuals for the ever-evolving needs of the workforce. The organization supports people with disabilities and other individuals with special needs to achieve full participation in society by expanding their opportunities, occupational capabilities and personal dependence. In 2019, Youngstown Goodwill served more than 3,000 clients.

Youngstown Goodwill takes a local approach that impacts individuals and employers alike through employment partnerships, programs and training. Recognizing the increase of technological demands in today’s workforce, Youngstown Goodwill has developed free training programs and partnerships with organizations to offer multiple digital skill-based learning opportunities. Youngstown Goodwill’s Workforce Development programs provide a foundation for learning and achieving certifications and credentials needed in today’s technological world.

Youngstown Goodwill provides free computer classes and training programs to the public at its main offices as well as its mobile classroom, MOTIVE. The classes and training opportunities enhance digital skills as well as soft skills. In addition, Youngstown Goodwill hosts career fairs, resume development workshops, professional development workshops and Radio Reading Services for the visually impaired.

In January, Buckeye partnered with Youngstown Goodwill to host a career fair. The fair included 16 local employers offering applications and interviews, job development coaches and resume-writing experts to assist job seekers on-site. Buckeye looks forward to continuing the partnership in 2020 to address challenges related to economic stability in our local communities.

For more information, call 330.759.7921 or email

Dakota Center, Inc.

Dakota Center provides a safe community atmosphere, engaging Dayton neighborhoods and people of all ages in programs that educate the whole person. The nonprofit center serves nearly 100 senior citizens and youth in the Montgomery area daily through activities and events.

Dakota Center’s full calendar of activities and programs includes the Homework Club After-school program, Dakota Center Gold Age Seniors program, basketball leagues and summer camps.

Buckeye supports Dakota Center’s senior program, The Golden Age, through free wellness checks several times a month that include blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. These checks are a part of a year-long program of social activities, health, nutrition, educational enrichment opportunities, field trips and age-appropriate leisure activities.

In addition to senior health, Dakota Center partners with Buckeye to encourage physical activity for youth by sponsoring youth basketball leagues and educating families on health topics including bullying hygiene and staying active.

For more information, contact Quiana Bickham, Senior Program Coordinator at,  call 937-228-8961 or visit

Open Arms Adoptions

Open Arms Adoptions is dedicated to providing a loving, stable home to every child in need. The full-service adoption agency works tirelessly to create an environment that embraces the unique set of circumstances of birth parents, prospective adoptive parents and children.

Each year, the center supports more than 50 women in crisis pregnancy situations and 40 new families through the adoption process with consultation and resources.

Open Arms helps women who desire to make the best plan for their babies and themselves, despite the challenges they may face. Many of the challenges are related to early and routine prenatal care. Open Arms partners with Buckeye to provide access to healthcare coverage and other resources, like no-cost transportation and case management, for birth mothers.

For more information, email, call/text 330.697.4751 or visit

The Salvation Army in Central Ohio

The Salvation Army in Central Ohio has been serving the community members in need since its founding. The agency provides a holistic approach to meet clients’ needs through a variety of resources and services.

The Salvation Army serves 250 to 300 clients daily through choice food pantries, congregate meals, housing for homeless families and veterans, after-school and summer learning centers for children, summer youth camps, services to victims of human trafficking, emergency disaster services and spiritual and emotional care.

In addition to these year-long efforts, the Salvation Army partners with Buckeye for special events and programs. For several years, the two organizations have partnered during the holidays for two large outreach programs: Operation Feed the Hungry and Christmas Cheer. Buckeye’s Operation Feed the Hungry initiative provides turkeys to benefit Salvation Army clients’ holiday meals, and Buckeye employees volunteer annually for the Christmas Cheer program to distribute toys to local families in need.

For more information, visit or call 614.221.6561


VANTAGE Aging promotes a positive perspective on aging. The agency supports more than 3,000 older adults each year through programs and services including job training and placement, mental health treatment, alcohol and other addiction counseling, home wellness solutions, volunteer opportunities, Meals on Wheels and the Encore Career Network.

Buckeye has partnered with VANTAGE for more than 11 years to help clients access healthcare and receive services necessary to remain independent and reach their recovery goals.

VANTAGE hosts several events throughout the year for seniors, advocates and caregivers. Their Senior Health and Services Fair provides access to healthy, affordable food by distributing farmers’ market vouchers to low-income seniors. The organization also supports Meals on Wheels through an annual food truck fundraiser, Put Hunger in Park. VANTAGE also honors and celebrates volunteers and advocates who promote positive aging across Ohio by hosting the RSVP Recognition Luncheon and SOAR awards.

For more information, call 330-253-4597, email or visit