Ohio - Northeast

Marie Grady
Tel: 888-884-3101

Whether you seek the cosmopolitan flavor of the big city or the quaint atmosphere of the rural countryside, the best of both worlds can be found in northeast Ohio. Located on the southern shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland city proper has a population of 388,072, making Cleveland the 48th largest city in the United States and is located in Cuyahoga county, the state's most populous county. Greater Cleveland  is the term used for the metropolitan area surrounding the city of Cleveland in Northeast Ohio spanning across 5 counties including Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, and Medina Counties, making it the 29th most populous metropolitan area in the United States with a population of 2,077,240.

Cleveland and NE Ohio has much to offer including a world-class orchestra, as well as stunning theatres and museums, the Rock and Roll hall of Fame, wineries, and several professional sports teams to keep you entertained.  Travel a bit southeast of Greater Cleveland to Holmes county, Ohio's Amish Country, which is home to the world's largest population of Amish (over 30,000), living in numerous farming communities throughout the region. Northeast Ohio also boasts the Cuyahoga River Valley with deep forests, rolling hills, open farmlands and an abundance of nature to explore and rejuvenate the senses. 

NE Ohio is home to two medical schools including Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University.

FUN FACT: Cleveland is known as the Forest City.


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.



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
J1 Visa Waiver Program | Eligibility, Application & Resources Webpage





Marie Grady
Ohio Association of Community Health Centers
2109 Stella Ct.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 888-884-3101
Fax: 614-884-3108
Ohio Association of Community Health Centers


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