The Ohio Department of Health will open a Health Assessment Clinic at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 21, for any East Palestine area residents who have medical questions or concerns related to the recent train derailment.

In partnership with the Columbiana County Health Department and with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, appointments are being taken from community members beginning  8 a.m. Monday, February 20, 2023.

Hours this week (Feb. 21-25) are:

(Church assessment rooms)

  • Tuesday 12-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m..
  • Closed Sunday.

(Mobile unit)

  • Tuesday 12-6 p.m.
  • Thursday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hours next week (Feb. 27 to March 4) will be:

(Church assessment rooms)

  •  Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

(Mobile unit)

  • Tuesday-Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Appointments may be made by calling 234-564-7755 or 234-564-7888.

 The clinic will be held at the First Church of Christ, 20 W. Martin St., in East Palestine. In addition to two assessment rooms inside, a mobile unit operated by the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County, will be parked outside the church in order to accommodate more appointments.

 Registered nurses and mental health specialists will be on hand. A toxicologist will either be on site or available by phone.

“People can come and discuss these vital issues with medical providers. said ODH Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD. “We encourage anyone who has medical concerns or questions to take advantage of this resource.”

The clinic is a chance for area residents to discuss concerns and receive a health assessment.  Referrals will be made if needed.