Free health care event for Madison Countians

Chris Cook - Contributing Columnist

Madison County Public Health is joining forces with the Ohio National Guard to provide a day of free health care for everyone in Madison County. On Saturday, Aug. 5 more than 100 medical professionals from Madison County Public Health, the Ohio National Guard, and Madison Health will be on hand at London High School, 336 Elm St. in London, to provide free health care services to everyone. The only requirement for this free event is that you live in Ohio. The event, known as “Guard Care,” will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is an annual event for the Ohio National Guard. Each year Ohio counties can apply to host the Guard and they typically select one county. This year I think we are fortunate here in central Ohio because they not only selected Madison County but Union County as well. To me, this just underscores the continuing need for high quality health care services in our community. Union County will host Guard Care the weekend of Aug. 12.

Anyone who lives in Ohio can come to London High School on Aug. 5 and access a variety of free health care services. No appointments are necessary and no insurance will be taken. The services are delivered by Guard doctors, nurses, and medics and are open to people of all ages. For parents with kids in school, this is a perfect opportunity for free back-to-school immunizations and free sports physicals. It’s on a weekend, it’s right before school, and the price is right — free.

Madison Health Chief Executive Officer Dana Engle said that he was happy to commit people and resources to the Guard Care event. “We want to work towards improving not only individual health, but also community health,” Engle said. “Working with Madison County Public Health on common goals is what we are here to do.” Engle explained that Madison Health is providing lab work, women’s health screenings, and mammograms at the event on Aug. 5.

Sergeant First Class Amy Saltis with the Ohio National Guard said that Guard personnel look forward to serving Ohioans with free health care each year. “This event is ideal for those who have put off preventative and routine health care because of high insurance deductibles, lack of insurance, or inability to find a medical provider. Simply put, this is a day of service to the residents of our great state of Ohio,” said SFC Saltis.

Other free services include routine blood work and physicals, developmental assessments, mammograms, STD and HIV testing, vaccinations, vision and hearing exams, dental sealants, and fluoride varnish. Everything we do is focused on creating a healthier Madison County. This partnership with the Guard and Madison Health has been just one more way to make progress. Federal folks will continue to debate what is best for everyone’s health, but here in Madison, we are getting something done.

You can learn more about Guard Care at or by calling 740-852-3065.

Chris Cook

Contributing Columnist

Chris Cook is the health commissioner for Madison County Public Health. He can be reached by email at or call 740-852-3065, ext. 1523.

Chris Cook is the health commissioner for Madison County Public Health. He can be reached by email at or call 740-852-3065, ext. 1523.