In 2002, healthcare providers in Lucas County, Ohio responded to a challenge from the late Toledo Mayor Jack Ford to help uninsured residents. The result is Toledo/Lucas County CareNet, an innovative approach to increasing access to healthcare for low-income residents who are uninsured and not eligible for public/private coverage.
CareNet coordinates a charity care network with primary care, hospital and specialty services, creating a uniform approach to charity care by identifying and serving the uninsured and addressing the access issues of awareness, coordination, cost and transportation. For information on becoming a CareNet member, please click here.
Additionally, CareNet employs community health workers (CHWs) to help connect low-income residents to needed medical care and social services, including food, housing, transportation and other basic needs. CHWs, who work through the community-wide Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB, also help residents utilize their health coverage and navigate the healthcare system.
CareNet is a member of the Ohio Association of Free Clinics and an inaugural partner of the Root Cause Coalition. Additionally, CareNet is a member of the Healthy Lucas County coalition of community health improvement organizations.
Through the years, CareNet has received recognition for its efforts on national, state and local levels.
2005: Recipient of the American Hospital Association NOVA Award
2007: Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) recognized CareNet as a best practice for improving health outcomes and reducing disparities
2008: Finalist for the Premier Cares Award
2010: Recognized as a Program of Excellence by the Jackson Healthcare Hospital Charitable Service Award
2005: Ohio Hospital Association Meritorious Service Award
2009: Finalist for the Ohio Non-Profit Excellence Award in 2009
2011: The Ohio Association of Free Clinics Partnership Award was presented to ProMedica and Mercy Health for their support of CareNet
2006: Recipient of the League of Women Voters Olive Colton Award
2013: Recipient of the Nonprofit Excellence Award for a Small Organization