Cincinnati Health Network

Patient Centered Care Since 1986

Cincinnati Health Network

Patient Centered Care Since 1986


Cincinnati Health Network

Patient Centered Care Since 1986

Cincinnati Health Network

Patient Centered Care Since 1986

Cincinnati Health Network

Patient Centered Care Since 1986

What We Do

The Cincinnati Health Network, Inc. (CHN) serves individuals experiencing homelessness or living with HIV/AIDS in the Tri-State area, as it has since 1986. We offer quality medical, behavioral and case management services. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), CHN has earned the distinguished Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Level 3 seal, the highest level possible, proving we go the extra mile to ensure patients receive outstanding care. CHN runs several integrated medical and behavioral care clinics in the area, making it one of the few local organizations that provide this type of integrated care.

In the News...

August 7th - 13th is National Health Center Week

On Monday, August 8th CHN celebrated Healthcare for the Homeless Day with a Community Cookout at Cincinnati's Grant Park including Food - Games - Music - Freebies and more.
Cincinnati Health Network wants to thank our friends who helped make this celebration a success:

Cincinnati Rec Center ~ Freestore Foodbank ~ Our Daily Bread ~ Wesley Chapel Center ~ Community Partnering Center-Urban League ~ Caracole ~ Cincinnati Eye Institute ~ Cornerstone Equity ~ UC Hospital Ryan White Program ~ Center for Respite Care

Around the town....

Congratulations, Valarie Dowell for receiving the Ellen Dailey award at this year's National Healthcare for the Homeless Council Conference on May 12th in Seattle, Washington for her work in advocacy, homelessness, healthcare, leadership and mentoring for over 20 years. Valarie currently works as a Community Health Navigator at CHN.

Valarie Dowell (center)

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Each year, the UC Alumni Association celebrates this legacy of excellence by bestowing its top awards on a select group of Bearcats. For all they do to serve their industries, their communities, and their university, they aren’t just outstanding alumni — they’re Superheroes! And this year, among them is Cincinnati Health Network’s own Kim Oberlander, DMD, MPH – UC Blue Ash College ’04.

Kim Oberlander has been an advocate for dental public health ever since working as a hygienist at a downtown Cincinnati dental clinic and serving many homeless and disadvantaged patients. She then attended dental school and later played a vital role in opening numerous school-based dental centers providing care to students who otherwise would have gone without it. Kim provided dental exams and treatment to soldiers awaiting deployment during her seven years in the U.S. Army. She currently is Dental Director for Cincinnati Health Network, overseeing clinical operations in the dental center and providing care to patients.

The artwork debuted during Alumni Week and remains on display through March 2023. UCAA commissioned Chroma Projects to design and illustrate the project, which can be seen on the side of a building at 1430 Vine Street.


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On Tuesday, April 19th we joined in celebrating Cincinnati Health Network’s 35th Anniversary. A dinner was held at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Many of our partners joined with board members and staff for an evening filled with food, music and Keynote Speaker, Donald Whitehead Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless and author of Most Unlikely to Succeed shared his story. During the evening we also presented the Susan L Montauk award, the Peter T Frame award and the 2022 Life Time Achievement award which are awarded every five years.

The Susan L. Montauk Award
Dr. Montauk was a University of Cincinnati Professor of Clinical Family Medicine for 19 years where she taught medical students and residents in family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. She was a Staff Physician with Cincinnati Health Care for the Homeless Program from 2002 until her death in 2011. Dr. Montauk was a devoted advocate for integrated and coordinated health care for those most in need.

This year’s recipient is Joseph Kiesler, MD, Cincinnati Health Network’s Medical Director for his dedication to the Health Care for the Homeless Program.   


The Peter T. Frame Award
Dr. Peter Frame was a board-certified infectious diseases expert who founded the Infectious Diseases Center at UC in 1986. He has vast experience in the care of persons with HIV infection and provided compassionate care to countless patients living with HIV over the years until his retirement in 2008.

This year’s recipient is Tammy Miller Wohl, BSN, RN, Clinical Research Director and Clinical Ops Manager Infectious Diseases at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for providing compassionate care to those living with HIV/AIDS.


The 2022 Life Time Achievement Award

This year’s recipient is Kathleen M Bennett recently retired CEO of the Cincinnati Health Network in recognition for her passion, commitment and advocacy in providing integrated healthcare to those most in need.


Fully Integrated Patient Centered System

The CHN remains the only Federally Qualified Health Center in greater Cincinnati dedicated exclusively to meeting the complex health care needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. It has evolved from limited services on a makeshift bread truck in 1988, to a well-coordinated, fully integrated patient centered system of care serving 10,000 individuals experiencing homelessness annually.

Serving Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS in the TriState

In addition, CHN also manages the Greater Cincinnati HIV Collaborative (GCHC), an existing network of health providers serving a patient base of over 2,100. The GCHC provides a continuum of outpatient HIV early intervention, linkage to quality primary medical and mental health care, and supportive services to individuals living with HIV throughout our tristate area.

Partnering to Meet Needs

CHN partners with other area organizations to respond to the ever-changing needs of our patient population. This improves access to comprehensive, coordinated quality care while maximizing existing resources.

Securing Funding for Services

Funding for these services comes through a federal Healthcare for the Homeless grant, Ryan White Part C funding grant and billing insurance for services.

FTCA Deemed Facility

CHN receives HHS funding and has federal PHS deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and it's covered individuals.

Cincinnati Health Network
2825 Burnet Avenue, Suite 232-234
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone: (513) 961-0600
Fax: (513) 961-0643
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm