On Sept. 11, the federal Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) awarded full Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status to The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Total Health and Wellness, an interprofessional comprehensive primary care health center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center East Hospital.

The FQHC designation recognizes community-based healthcare providers who deliver primary care services in underserved populations. Total Health and Wellness was one of only 77 health centers in the country — out of approximately 700 applications — to receive this status in 2019. FQHCs are supported by federal HRSA Health Center Program grants, which come through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, aimed at expanding access of affordable, quality primary care to vulnerable areas.

HRSA awarded more than $50 million in New Access Point grants in this cycle, including $1.3 million in grant support for Total Health and Wellness. As a recipient, the Total Health and Wellness interprofessional team will be able to increase access to affordable, accessible, quality and cost-effective primary health care services to our patients and community.

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