Making Connections for Low-Cost Healthcare

For those in need of physical, mental, or emotional healthcare services, the Health Resource Center (HRC) is available. These services are available for adults with low income, those experiencing homelessness, and transitional youth.

HRC was founded in 1995 by Dr. Connie Wilson, a former professor of nursing at the University of Cincinnati. It was first housed in the Freestore Foodbank but is now located in the Ikron building in Over-the-Rhine.

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“[Wilson] worked with the university and started this program with some help from the College of Nursing,” said Randy Strunk, executive director at Ikron and administrator at HRC. “When [HRC] became independent, we continued the same services to work with folks with chronic issues of mental illness, addiction, and emotional and behavioral health issues.”

HRC also provides individual and group therapy and physical health services.

“We will try to hook people up with resources in the community, like primary care physicians,” Strunk said. “However, if individuals need a therapist to work through mental health issues or addiction issues, we provide those services here onsite.”

These onsite services include group counseling services for those with anxiety.

“We offer groups for individuals who are preparing to eventually move on to work, but at this point still need to work through emotional or behavioral health issues to get prepared to do that,” Strunk said.

All medication services are provided onsite, and the cost of services are on a sliding-fee scale based on income.

“The majority of the services we provide are at no charge to the individual,” Strunk said.

“We really believe in integrated care,” Strunk said. “If [an individual] wants medication, we want them to see a support person for counseling and someone to meet with them to review how their treatment is going. We feel it’s the best way for people to recover.”

Walk-ins are not available, but individuals may call or visit the clinic to schedule an appointment.

“The quicker we can get someone in, the best,” Strunk said. “It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, and we don’t want to keep individuals waiting when they’re ready to begin making changes in their lives.”