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Activate Ohio

This free 10-week class is led by YMCA staff, registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators, nurses and health educators. The program is for diabetics 18 and older. Participants must be referred by their physician.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1137, ext. 123

A Kid Again

With chapters throughout Ohio, A Kid Again provides free fun adventures, hospital visitations and parents’ nights out for families with children who have serious medical illnesses.
777G Dearborn Park Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43085
(800) 543-9735 or (614) 797-9500

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

From diagnosis to control, from diapers to college, AANMA provides families with practical resources they can use at home and in the medical care settings. Every day, patients and families call AANMA looking for answers to allergy and asthma questions. Their toll-free hotline is staffed by a nurse educator.
8229 Boone Boulevard, Vienna, Virginia 22182
(800) 878-4403

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Kids Doc Symptom Checker

On this website, parents can search by a child’s symptoms and read information or receive advice about what steps to take.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 434-4000

American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO)

Advocates and supports families that are experiencing childhood cancer. Join their email list to get the latest news about programs, resources and events. Learn how to raise awareness locally and support kids battling cancer.
PO Box 498, Kensington, Maryland 20895
(855) 858-2226

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

This national organization provides information about diabetes and advocates for children and adults with diabetes. Their information specialists can provide general information about diabetes and its management. They have a local chapter in Columbus as well.
471 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 342-2383 or (614) 436-1917

Bandaides & Blackboards

This website was created with the help of lots of kids with all sorts of medical conditions to help people understand what it’s like to grow up with medical problems, from the perspective of the children and teens. They offer information and tips that kids, teens and adults can use at school.
250 Bedford Park Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10468
(718) 960-8000

Be The Match

Part of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, they offer a comprehensive resource guide to assist patients with conditions such as leukemia and MDS.  Planning information is provided for all the steps in the bone marrow transplant process, including selecting a transplant center, managing costs and preparing the family.
3001 Broadway Street Northeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota  55413
(800) 627-7692

Bedbug Information

Columbus Public Health and the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force have information online about bed bugs, including how to spot them and how to get help. They also have information for people living in apartments. Call Hands On for more information.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Hands On Central Ohio: 2-1-1 or (614) 221-6766

Breathing Association Asthma Management Services

Provides free in-home asthma education for children age 6 and older and adults with a low to moderate income (200% of the poverty level) who cannot afford health care or have limited health insurance coverage. They help families with getting medical supplies, weight management counseling, affording prescriptions, quitting smoking and paying for utilities. Patients qualify for services by being screened by the Breathing Association’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
1520 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 457-4570

Breathing Association Dirty Air Alerts

Sign up for their free dirty air alert program to receive automated phone warnings on dirty air days. This helps kids limit outdoor activities on days where air quality is poor. To sign up, email your name, address and phone number to
1520 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 457-4570

Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio

Offers free emotional support, education and hope for people with cancer.  Provides a full range of cancer wellness programs and services for all cancer patients, any diagnosis, any stage and their family members, and caregivers in a home-like setting.  Cancer Support Community offers cancer-related information by phone in person, and online. Online support, including support groups led by professional counselors, is available 24/7 for adults and teens. They also have a library with DVDs, books, magazines and other resources for program participants.
1200 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 884-4673

Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA)

Provides many excellent resources for children and adults with diabetes, including free screenings at their office on Tuesdays (no appointment required), free screenings at locations throughout Columbus (call for locations), low-cost classes and counseling sessions with nurses and dietitians, overnight and day camps for kids, depressions screenings and more. No one is denied services because of their inability to pay.
1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 884-4400 or (800) 422-7946

Chapel Hill House

Provides a free weekend getaway for Ohio children who have cancer (ages 0-18) and their families. Together they enjoy relaxation, games and family time in a log cabin and explore 70 acres of land on a golf cart. Contact directly for more details.
3892 Morral-Kirkpatrick Road West, Morral, Ohio 43337
(740) 360-4273

Children with Diabetes Family Support Network

This is a helpful internet resource for parents of children with diabetes. Parents can connect with other parents, people with diabetes, and medical professionals for answers to their questions. The website provides a lot of information about school issues, local diabetes events and conferences, scholarship programs for kids with diabetes, camps for kids with diabetes, local support groups and more.
8216 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Healthy Homes Program

Provides assistance and advice on creating a safe home environment. This program conducts phone consultations for home environmental health concerns such as asthma and lead, home risk assessment for asthma triggers and other home hazards, personalized home education session based on the risk assessment.  They also offer help finding community resources.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-8191

Consortium on Children’s Asthma Camps

Coordinates the activities of asthma camps nationwide. Go online to find a local asthma camp.
490 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55103
(651) 227-8014

Coping Club

Offers online support to kids coping with a health condition, from other kids with similar health conditions.  They have an extensive collection of parent-generated videos of kids sharing their experiences and encouragement, ways to handle stress, hospital stays and more.
Kosair Children’s Hospital
231 East Chestnut Street, Louisville, Kentucky  40202
(502) 629-6000

Cord Blood Banking

Provides free information for expectant mothers and families considering cord blood banking. Families may choose private banking for the safety of their family, or public banking to help patients in need of a transplant. has relevant, up-to-date information on benefits, pricing and current research for cord blood stem cells.
(888) 780-2885

Cure Search

Offers a lot of parent and family information about childhood cancer. Parents can search for information, organized by cancer type, age group and stage of treatment.
4600 East West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(800) 458-6223

Disability Rights Ohio Bedbug Information

Provides up-to-date information about bed bugs in the local community.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181

Dog Bite Reporting & Rabies Vaccines

If you are bitten by a dog, report it to the appropriate health department listed below.

  • In Columbus and Worthington:
    Columbus Public Health
    240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 645-6134
  • Other areas of Franklin County:
    Franklin County Public Health
    280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 525-3160

Go online to find information about rabies vaccination clinics as well. Call your doctor for information about treatment. Report stray animals to the Franklin County Department of Animal Control at (614) 525-3400.

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) Kids

Provides online games and stories for kids to learn about food allergies.
7925 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia 22102
(800) 929-4040

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) Teen

Teens are the highest risk group for fatal anaphylactic reactions. They provide accurate and clear information about food allergies for teens and young adults. They also have personal stories and advice for teens, and teens can sign up for their free monthly newsletter.
7925 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia 22102
(800) 929-4040

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Kids Online

This website helps kids deal with diabetes day-to-day. They answer questions about diabetes, help kids cope with school issues, and provide pen pals and contests for kids.
26 Broadway, New York, New York 10004
(800) 533-2873

Kids ‘N Kamp

Offers a range of programs and services free of charge for children, teens and young adults throughout Ohio. Many of these children are undergoing treatment for their cancer, but members also include children in remission from cancer who offer hope and encouragement to newly diagnosed children. They provide free family activities, tutoring, counseling and support opportunities.
3440 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 262-2220

Kids With Food Allergies

Offers free tools, educational materials, webinars, videos and other resources to help families and caregivers learn how to keep children with food allergies stay safe and healthy.  You can find allergy-specific recipes, updates from medical professionals, anaphylaxis and more.
5049 Swamp Road, Fountainville, Pennsylvania 18923
(215) 230-5394

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The central Ohio chapter of this national organization has information about local events and support groups.
2215 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(800) 686-CURE or (614) 476-7194


Provides free, confidential, one-on-one support to anyone affected by cancer, including not only people with cancer but also loved ones, friends, health care professionals and caregivers of someone diagnosed. Call the hotline for free information about financial help for those with cancer, finding a support group, employment issues and more.
2201 East Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78702
Toll-free: (877) 236-8820

More Help for Kids with Special Needs

Click below to go to the special needs page of CAP4Kids, which has information about fun and recreation, educational resources, parenting, autism and more.
Go to CAP4Kids Special Needs Page

More Help for Kids with Special Needs

Click below to find more resources for kids and families with special needs, including transportation, recreation, legal rights, respite services and more.
Go to CAP4Kids Special Needs Page

More Safety Information

Click below to find out information about internet safety, childcare safety, car seats and more in the safety section of CAP4Kids.
Go to CAP4Kids Safety Section

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Allergy & Asthma Clinic

Offers diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases for patients from birth through age 21. The clinic’s expansive range of services includes allergy consultations, allergy shots, comprehensive asthma management plans, skin testing and more.
555 South 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-5500

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Cancer Clinic

As a National Institute of Health (NIH) designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, they provide diagnosis, treatment and long-term management for pediatric and adolescent patients with any type of cancer.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6200

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Connecting Families

Connecting Families is a hospital-wide family-to-family mentor program. Connecting Families reaches patients of all diagnoses to link them with a family who has been through a similar situation. The mission of this program is to link families who have “been there” with families who are just getting started. Social workers often match families based on like diagnoses, similar treatment paths or life situations. For more information, click here or call directly.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6747

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic

Offers care for children and teens with diabetes and other endocrine problems at several locations throughout Columbus. They also offer support services for patients and families as well.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4425

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Family Resource Center

Offers several services for families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during their visit, including educational programs, a library and resource center, lounge, kitchen, laundry room, shower, breastfeeding room with breast pump, fitness area and lockers. Visit their website to find out more about their programs.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2252

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health E-Hints

Health e-Hints is a free, unique e-newsletter written by pediatric specialists and customized to meet the health and safety needs of your family. When you enter the ages of your own children, you’ll only get the articles that are relevant to your family. The newsletter is completely customized just for you! Click below to sign up.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health Information Library

Find age appropriate and medically reviewed health articles, breaking news, games, quizzes, health movies and much more for parents, kids and teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Helping Hands

Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers handouts for parents on a wide variety of topics such as flu, colic, when to stay home due to illness, ADHD and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pulmonary Medicine

Diagnoses and manages all acute and chronic respiratory disorders and diseases in children, including asthma and cystic fibrosis.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4766

National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)

Their website offers a lot of information about diabetes in English and Spanish, and lists steps to help control a person’s diabetes and live a long, active life.
1 Diabetes Way, Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 496-3583

Prevent Asthma Attacks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers useful tips and important resources to assist parents and caregivers with recognizing symptoms and managing asthma; such as learning about reducing triggers in your home and developing an action plan in case an asthma-related emergency occurs.
77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604

Research Match

Volunteers and patients can go onto this free website to enroll in research trials and studies going on at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and other hospitals nationwide.
6701 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 435-0888

Ronald McDonald House

Provides a home-away-from-home for families who have hospitalized children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A small donation is requested, but no family is ever turned away because of their inability to pay.
711 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 227-3700

Starbright World

A virtual hangout where teens ages 13 to 20 who have serious medical conditions (and their siblings) can connect with others going through similar situations through chat rooms, games, bulletin boards, videos and more.
2049 Century Park East, Los Angeles, California 90036
(310) 479-1212

Young Adult Brain Injury Support Group

This support and discussion group is for young adults ages 16-24 who have sustained a brain injury.  During the young adult group meeting, their parents also have a support and discussion group in a seperate room.  The meetings occur one evening a month on the campus of Ohio State University (OSU) in Dodd Hall. Contact directly for details.
480 Medical Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 293-0869