1.7 min readPublished On: November 6, 2017

Nov. 6, 2017 – The Distribution Committee of GAR Foundation awarded AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. $40,000 to fund a North Hill mini clinic at its October meeting. AxessPointe was one of over 60 nonprofit organizations in Summit County that received an award.

“In 2016 we were not fortunate enough to be awarded a new access point grant to create a health center in North Hill,” said Chris Richardson, CEO of AxessPointe. “Nevertheless, through our efforts to provide small-scale services at the Exchange House through a collaborative partnership with the Better Block Foundation, we have shown that the needs are great and that there is a place for AxessPointe in North Hill.  We are grateful to GAR Foundation for their support.”

AxessPointe partnered with the Better Block Foundation to use the Exchange House to open a new mini clinic. The Exchange House serves as a community center for the large refugee population in North Hill, who are predominantly Bhutanese.

AxessPointe opened its clinic at the Exchange House in June of this year and offers health screenings, immunizations and access to primary care providers at their full-service facilities. The clinic also hosts workshops to educate refugee patients on nutrition and preventive care for diabetes, hypertension, oral health, heart disease and other health issues.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. is a federally qualified health center (or FQHC, commonly called a community health center) with five current sites in Northeast Ohio, including three in Akron, one in Kent and one in Barberton. A FQHC is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers primary medical, dental and preventive health services in medically underserved areas. AxessPointe also provides behavioral health and OB-GYN services. Originally named Akron Community Health Resources, Inc., the first center was located in Akron, and received funding in 1994 from the Bureau of Primary Health Care to establish the first federally qualified health center in Summit County. AxessPointe now employs more than 100 care providers at its four locations. Visit axesspointe.org to learn more.

For a full list of organizations receiving support this quarter from GAR, visit: https://garfoundation.org/news-updates/2017/10/gar-foundation-awards-2-5-million-nonprofit-organizations/