History The Lincoln Heights Health Center, the first Community Health Center in Ohio, opened in 1967 with six volunteers and a $10,000 grant from the City of Lincoln Heights to provide care to medically underserved City residents. At that time, Lincoln Heights was the largest self-governed African American city in the nation; however, there were no physicians or dentists practicing there. The Lincoln Heights Health Center opened in a four-room apartment on a shoestring budget, where physicians, nurses and dentists worked solely on a volunteer basis. Click here to view our History Book 1967 – Founded the Lincoln Heights Health Center, first community health center in Ohio 1972 – Lincoln Heights Health Center doubled in size and moved into the Lincoln Heights Community Facilities building 1974 – Launched the first funded Women Infants Children (WIC) program in Hamilton County 1987 – Opened the first neighborhood expansion site at Mt. Healthy Family Practice Center 1990 – Partnered with University of Cincinnati Medical Center to expand services in northern Hamilton County while educating health professionals in community health. 1994 – Operated Henry A. Long Health Center and Joseph Health Center in Hamilton, Ohio, through 1999, funded in part by Fort Hamilton Hughes and Mercy Hamilton Hospitals 1995 – Honored as one of five health centers nationally “Models That Work” by the United States Department of Health and Human Services 1996 – Opened the second neighborhood expansion site at Kemper Heights School in Forest Park 2002 – Began construction on 42,000 sq. ft. health center and administrative offices in Lincoln Heights 2002 – The Ohio Association of Community Health Centers gives THCC the Landmark Recognition Award for its pioneering work in community health 2004 – State of the art facility, housing medical, dental, and social services in Lincoln Heights, opened to the public 2005 – Changed corporate name to The HealthCare Connection to better reflect mission and affiliations within — surrounding communities 2007 – Opened four co-located behavioral health centers in conjunction with Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health — Services, Central Cincinnati Health Board, and Talbert House 2011 – Dental Center honored by the DentaQuest Institute and the National Network for Oral Health Access as a “Center of Excellence” for leadership in oral health practice management and improving the oral health of our patients 2011 – Lincoln Heights Health Center and Mt. Healthy Family Practice achieved NCQA Level 2 PCMH recognition as two of the premier patient-centered health homes in Ohio 2012 – Initiated planning for the Viking School Based Health Center with Princeton School district. 2013 – Opened Viking School Based Health Center in partnership with the Princeton City School District 2014 – Lincoln Heights Health Center and Mt. Healthy Family Practice achieved NCQA Level 3 PCMH recognition as two of the premier patient-centered health homes in Ohio 2016 – Grew our partnership with Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health (GCB) and began operating in our fifth behavioral health co-location in Amelia, Ohio. 2017 – Celebrated our 50th Anniversary on October 8, 2017. 2018 – Grounbreaking ceremony for new Mt. Healthy Family Practice. Expected to open Fall 2020.