Ohio - Southwest

Heather Porter
Tel: 888-884-3101
Email

With four-star restaurants and a prime location on the shore of the Ohio River, southwest Ohio's city of Cincinnati truly earns its nickname "the Queen City." Ohio's southwest has a rich Native American history with Fort Ancient and Serpent Mound, the largest serpent effigy in North America.

The city of Dayton pays homage to aviation founders Orville and Wilbur Wright, while the nearby city of Waynesville is the "Antiques Capital of the Midwest" with quaint shops housed in buildings dating as far back as the 1800s. The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Wright State University School of Medicine are this region's medical schools.

FUN FACT: Oktoberfest-Zincinnati USA is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country and the second largest in the world after Munich with over 500,000 visitors.

 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) participates in the State 30 Program to increase access to health care services for Ohio’s underserved populations.  J-1 visa waivers allow foreign medical graduates to remain in the United States after completing residency/fellowship training in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide health care services in underserved areas. Primary care and mental health HPSAs, certain Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps), and certain public and children’s hospitals located in MUAs are considered as underserved areas in the Ohio State 30 Program.  Of the 30 slots available each year, up to 10 "flex" slots may be used for placements outside of underserved areas, if an adequate level of service to residents of these areas is documented. Qualified international graduates granted waivers must provide direct patient care for 40 hours per week and provide health care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay.

 

Eligibility

The State 30 Program is open to all physician specialties, although the preference is for primary care physicians who will practice in HPSAs.  Physicians seeking J-1 waivers may not apply directly to ODH; applications are accepted only from sponsoring health care organizations.  Sponsoring health care organizations as well as J-1 physicians must accept Medicaid, Medicare and uninsured patients, and must provide services on a sliding fee scale based on 200 percent of the current federal poverty level.   

J1 Contact Information

J-1 Visa Waiver Program
Ohio Department of Health
Primary Care Office
246 North High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-466-1629
HealthPolicy@odh.ohio.gov
J1 Visa Waiver Program | Eligibility, Application & Resources Webpage

Heather Porter
Ohio Association of Community Health Centers
2109 Stella Ct.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 888-884-3101
Fax: 614-884-3108
jobs@ohiochc.org
Ohio Association of Community Health Centers

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