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Ohio Health Wellness on Wheels Providing Free Prenatal and Primary Care in Linden.

Wellness on Wheels through OhioHealth will begin  providing Prenatal/Women’s health and Primary care to the Linden area beginning 5/26/2021.  The newly built mobile unit has two full service exam rooms and the capabilities to provide prenatal care, primary care, ultrasound lab services as other wellness services.  The hours for the clinic will be 8 am to noon every Wednesday.   The clinic will be staffed with a Provider, Nurse, Medical Assistant, Social worker and Community Health worker.   Wellness on Wheels will serve as a connection point for patients who are seeking services to address various social determinants of health, such as education, food, housing, and transportation, dental care pediatric care, abuse, mental health and much more.  The community health worker and social worker will provide community linkage and service to the patients. Residents may call 614-566-9989 to schedule an appointment. When you hear the recording press option 1 and the registration person will schedule the appointment.  If she is away from the phone leave a message, with your name and phone number and she will return the call.  If a patient does not have insurance they can still be seen. The community health worker will work with them to assist in gaining insurance.  In the event that is not possible they still will be able to receive services.  If you have any questions contact Cynthia Ward at 614-566-9090.

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Meet North Linden Area Commissioner Jasmine Ayres

Jasmine was born and raised on Columbus’s North side. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Since returning to Columbus she has coached football at Northland High School, helped register over 20,000 people to vote, and ran for Columbus City Council. She has recently worked as a youth outreach specialist for the Huckleberry House and Policy Liaison for Policy Matters Ohio. She also serves as the Community Engagement Officer for the Community of Caring Development Foundation, the development arm of New Salem Baptist church, where she has attended since she was 4 years old.

Jasmine is currently working as the Lead Organizer for Cohear, a Community Engagement and Strategy Company. 

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Meet North Linden Area Commissioner Janelle Dethloff

Janelle Dethloff has been a resident of North Linden for 6 years and loves her neighborhood. She is a licensed social worker and a school based mental health therapist for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus City Schools. She is passionate about using a strengths based approach to help students overcome non-academic barriers to learning. What she loves about her job is building relationships, listening to youth share their stories, encouraging them to identify hopes and dreams, and empowering young people to make positive changes in their lives.  She looks forward to bringing these same skills to the commission as she listens to community members share their stories, their concerns, and their ideas.

Before she studied for her Master’s degree in Social Work at the Ohio State University, Janelle studied photography and graphic design at Indiana Wesleyan University. She has worked for several years as an art teacher, has worked with an art therapist at a school that served students with emotional and behavioral challenges, has worked as a tutor with Columbus State with ESL after school programs, and is an AmeriCorps alumni. She is passionate about advocating for social justice issues, addressing health disparities, and identifying community assets. She is excited about the opportunity to serve on the North Linden Area Commission and to help facilitate partnerships that connect community members to resources and initiatives in our city, especially those that promote mental wellness and increase community resiliency.

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Blueprint – North Linden is underway!

Blueprint rain garden construction has started in North Linden. Preliminary construction has included waterline upgrades, gas line relocations, and some tree removals. Some crews have already started building rain gardens, and this will continue through the summer. Remember – reach out to us if you have any issues or questions! 614-645-1253.

We are also wrapping up design in the North Linden – Hudson-McGuffey project area (west of Cleveland, between Hudson and Weber). The Blueprint team will be out on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning marking rain garden locations and soliciting community input on the plants and designs you want to see in your neighborhood. We hope you will come out and chat with us!

Are you in a Blueprint area? Wondering where the rain gardens will be located? Use our interactive map to find out. Also, don’t forget to sign up for weekly updates about the Blueprint construction happening in your community!

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Meet North Linden Area Commissioner, Andrea Russell

Andrea Russell joined the North Linden Area Commission on January 1, 2020.  Being Jamaican American, Commissioner Russell was born in Nigeria, while her father was teaching at the University of Ife; there on assignment for the Jamaican government. Having lived in Tanzania and Kenya, Commissioner Russell also traveled through Europe with her family, as a child, due to her father’s diplomatic work with the US and the Jamaican governments. A graduate of Rift Valley Academy, in Kijabe, Kenya, and East Carolina University, Commissioner Russell received her high school diploma and two degrees: BFA and MAEd in Art Education. She specialized in the areas of Art Education and Ceramics with a minor in Communication Arts/Graphic Design. Later, Commissioner Russell attended The Ohio State University, where she taught computer graphics at Hopkins Hall and evaluated student teachers. Her studies included: Art Education with an emphasis in Curriculum Development and Assessment. She also worked as an Art Educator for Columbus City Schools. There, Commissioner Russell wrote the Computer Graphics Curriculum for CCS that was approved by the CCS District School Board to offer art as a technology credit. Commissioner Russell has taught grades preK, K-12 Art, and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for both East Carolina University and The Ohio State University. Hearing the call of God, Commissioner Russell ended a fifteen-year career teaching Art to start Jar Graphic Design. Since 2002, Commissioner Russell has owned and operated her company. Commissioner Russell’s mission has been to help others in need. That’s why she has found serving on the North Linden Area Commission so rewarding.

Commissioner Russell also serves as the Education Subcommittee, Job Creation and Workforce Development Chairs. The subcommittee will meet the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM. Please contact Commissioner Russell at 614.537.3165 or russellnlac@yahoo.com to learn more .

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COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunity Clinic

Columbus Public Health is holding a special vaccine clinic for eligible residents in CelebrateOne neighborhoods from 1-4 p.m. on February 26 at Columbus Public Health – first floor. (240 Parsons Ave.)

To be eligible for this free COVID-19 vaccine clinic, you need to be in Phase 1B (65 years or older, or have a qualifying medical condition) AND live in one of the following ZIP codes: 43203; 43204; 43205; 43206; 43207; 43211; 43219; 43222; 43223; 43224; 43227; 43229; 43232.

Vaccines are given by appointment only – and spaces are limited. To register, call 614-645-6444 (M-F, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) or email health@columbus.gov. If you need transportation to the clinic call 614-526-6200.

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Columbus Zoning Code Survey

City of Columbus initiates Zoning Code Update Process: Share your thoughts: Take the Survey

Dear Community Member,

The City of Columbus has initiated a Zoning Code update process and we need your input.  As Columbus looks to the future, it is important that the Zoning Code be positioned to help manage growth and reinforce community priorities.  Zoning regulates development through standards that address such things as property use, building size and placement, and setback on any given parcel.  The first phase of this Code update effort is an assessment of the current Code and process.  Phase one is underway and will conclude in summer 2021.  As a member of the community, your input is valuable now in setting the stage for the upcoming changes in phase two. 

Please take a few minutes to share your observations about the zoning code by completing this survey, which will be available through February 28, 2021.

You can learn more about the update process and sign up for our email list by visiting the project website.   Please forward this information to others who might be interested.  Survey translation can be requested for the following languages: Spanish, Somali, French, Nepali, and Arabic.  Please contact zoningupdate@columbus.gov for more information.