Rocking Horse to be honored for encouraging the inclusion of Latinos

Rocking Horse Community Health Center is being recognized as an organization that encourages the inclusion of Latinos in Springfield.

The Ohio Latino Affairs Commission (OCHLA) will present Rocking Horse with the Nuestra Familia (Our Family) award at the Governor’s 39th Annual Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans Awards Gala, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in Columbus.

The awards gala is open to the public.

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Rocking Horse is one of eight non-Hispanic organizations and individuals being honored for serving as role models for the growing Hispanic community in Ohio.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission,” said Dr. Kent Youngman, Rocking Horse Community Health Center CEO.

Other Nuestra Familia Awardees are: Dr. Christopher Babiuch (Lorain), General Electric Hispanic Forum Cincinnati Chapter, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus), Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union (Toledo), Inna Simakovsky (Columbus), Suzanne Smaltz (Copley), and Bryan Wright (Cincinnati).

Rocking Horse Community Health Center, 651 S. Limestone St., is designed to provide help, healing and hope to the community, according to the center’s mission.

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“(We are) here to provide comprehensive health care services to all people regardless of their ability to pay, nationality or country of origin,” Youngman said. “We are honored to serve the entire community.”

Over the last five years, Rocking Horse has seen an increase in referrals for children and young adults needing help with mental health issues.

Rocking Horse has recently added five pediatric exam rooms, dental care, increased addiction care, and a pharmacy program.

Between four locations, the center serves over 13,500 patients.

Tickets for the awards gala are $75 per person, dinner included and can be purchased at

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