Innovative Idea

South Side Career Homes

Dr. Kelly Kelleher, MD, MPH
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
South Side Columbus, OH

Hospitals are neighborhood anchors in thousands of communities and are motivated by legal, moral and financial incentives to address the social determinants of well-being such as employment and housing. Increasingly, rising rental costs near anchor institutions push low income workers out of transitional neighborhoods reducing the quality of healthcare and producing gentrification and segregation. This proposal will test the expansion of an affordable housing development and onsite healthcare workforce training that goes beyond entry level jobs across the South Side of Columbus and provide training in those locations.

  • In 2009, the South Side had the highest rate of vacancy (29.6%) in the Central Ohio metro area and high rates of Black infant mortality and violence while NCH had hundreds of unfilled entry and skilled jobs.
  • Their proposal plans to build an additional 170 rental units to ensure an affordable, mixed-income neighborhood, while increasing social health and wellness programs across the community.
  • If successful, they will expand this model to other communities.

Dr. Kelly Kelleher, MD, MPH
Dr. Kelleher is a pediatrician whose research interests focus on accessibility, effectiveness and quality of health care services for children and their families, especially those affected by mental disorders, substance abuse or violence. Dr. Kelleher is Director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Vice President of Health Services Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and also a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Watch this quick clip to hear Dr. Kelleher discuss The Innovation Challenge.