BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Write
For 50 years, the Neighborhood Health Association, NHA, has been providing healthcare, and numerous other services, to the poor and underserve in Toledo. On Tuesday, October 18, the organization held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its 14th location in the city; 1415 Jefferson Ave.
Public and private sector officials attended the ceremony to get a glimpse at the various services offered.
Housed inside of the facility are, the Mildred Bayer Homeless Healthcare Facility, which provides numerous benefits to the homeless, such as health, dental, and eye care, as well as having showers available to those people who are in need.
Doni Miller, CEO of NHA, wants the community to know that the association isn’t just available to the homeless, but they provide services to anyone who is need, regardless if they have income, or insurance.
“This center is open to everyone,” she told The Toledo Journal.
Also available to clients are podiatry, general surgery, cardiology, pediatrics, women’s health, and much more.
“This center is for everyone, and we want the community to use it. You can have insurance, or may not have it. At NHA, we’re about raising the quality of health, as well as the quality of life for people who live within our community,” Ms. Miller said.
During the ceremony, Harry Brown Sr., president of the board of NHA, received a Proclamation from Ohio Governor, John Kasich, for his, nearly, 30 years of service to the community, and, officially, had the NHA’s after-hours facility, named after him.
“It’s a great honor to have the facility named after me, and to have received a proclamation from the Governor,” he said.
Mr. Brown said the thing that continues to drive him is the fact that he can help provide services to people in need.
In addition to opening its 14th location, NHA has partnered with the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union, who has an office onsite, to help the underserved with financial consultation.
Suzette Cowell, CEO, said, “For those people who seek healthcare, here at NHA, will also have the opportunity to receive financial consultation from us. Then, we’re going to track those individuals, over-time, to see if their health improves, with their financial status; this is the first of its kind in the United States; that is, a credit union, partnering with a neighborhood clinic.”
For more information about services offered at NHA call 419-720-7883 ext. 216.