Author: Katherine Deagan
Institution Affiliation: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC's) provide vital medical services to underserved patients throughout Ohio. Little is known about how FQHC's choose health priorities, so data was collected from 29 different organization representing 148 FQHC's in 31 counties in Ohio. The top priorities were found to be Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Chronic Disease, and Access to Healthcare, respectively. In the future, more data needs to be collected to explore regional trends throughout Ohio to improve health and share best practices between organizations.