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Our members know their states! Learn more about O-H-I-O from our Ohio member, Marie!

Name: Marie Grady

City, State: Columbus, Ohio

Organization: Ohio Association of Community Health Centers

How long have you lived in Ohio? Why do you choose to live there?
I have lived in Columbus, Ohio for 43 years. I choose to live in Ohio because it is a great place to raise a family. 

How is 3RNet impacting Ohio?
3RNet is impacting our state by providing high-quality healthcare providers an opportunity to work in Ohio.

What are the best cultural events that happen in Ohio?
The best cultural events that happen in our state are of course OSU football along with festivals in each city that bring families of all ages together.

Why should a health professional choose Ohio over the surrounding states?
A health professional should choose our state because we have great parks, great schools, great family-oriented events, and more and more opportunities are always popping up in Ohio.

What loan repayment programs does Ohio have? 
The Primary Care Office (PCO) of Ohio provides technical assistance and fosters collaboration to expand access to primary care. This work includes coordination of the National Health Service Corps programs for Ohio, as well as state workforce programs, including the Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program and the J-1 Visa Waiver Program. Additionally, the PCO encourages local, state, and federal coordination in the planning and development of FQHCs and other safety-net services. 

Several programs within the Primary Care Office focus on assisting communities with recruitment and retention of health care professionals in underserved areas throughout the state: 

  • Workforce Programs
  • National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs
  • Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program
  • Ohio Dentist and Dental Hygienist Loan Repayment Program

How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in Ohio?
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, children’s, and critical access hospitals located in MUAs are considered underserved areas in the Ohio State 30 Program. Of the 30 slots available each year, up to ten "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. The State 30 Program operates on the federal fiscal year. A non-refundable fee of $3,571 is required for each application. Recommendations for waivers in the State 30 Program are issued by the Director of Health to the U.S. Department of State (DOS). If DOS finds the state request to be in the public interest, it recommends the waiver to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the waiver-granting authority. 

Do you want to feature anything about the J1 program in Ohio?
The State 30 Program has a strong preference for primary care physicians and psychiatrists who will practice in HPSAs. Applications for other specialties are accepted with adequate documentation of community need. 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. 

Are healthcare professionals valued in Ohio?
Yes, they are valued in our state!

Why do people travel to Ohio?
Ohio is a state with wonderful possibilities for travelers looking for a cosmopolitan experience, a small-town retreat, or a full-on escape to nature. Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton offer many of the state's best cultural attractions, great shopping, and a full repertoire of things to do.

What sports teams does Ohio have?
Ohio has five professional sports teams,  the Columbus Crew, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.

 What is your favorite local food?
My favorite local food is anything that is Ohio based and locally grown! 

What is Ohio best known for?
Our state is best known for The Ohio State University! Go, Bucks!

What is the biggest misconception about Ohio?
The biggest misconception is that Ohio is boring and slow-moving. 

What are the biggest industries in Ohio?

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Bioscience
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Research and development
  • Iron and steel
  • Motor vehicle assembly
  • Insurance

How is the weather/climate in Ohio?
The weather is beautiful in the fall, winter, spring, and summer!

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