Ambulatory Pediatrics :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Ambulatory Pediatrics

As a child transitions from birth to adolescence, his or her health care needs change, too.  The Section of Ambulatory Pediatrics uses a multidisciplinary focus to provide comprehensive, continuous and convenient care for children 0-21.  This section staffs the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Main Campus and community-based Primary Care Centers, Main Campus Urgent Care, the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition and Well Baby Nurseries at the OSU Medical Center and Mt. Carmel East.

Our Clinics


Our extensive outreach and support services include:

  • Asthma Education Program
  • Car Seat Program
  • Child and Youth Law Program
  • Community TB Clinic
  • Health education
  • Healthy Start/Healthy Families enrollment
  • Help Me Grow Program (Resource Family Program)
  • Interpreter Services
  • Pregnancy prevention Program
  • Reach out and Read

Department Highlights

Nationwide Children's Hospital Mobile Care Center  

If kids can’t get to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, then Nationwide Children’s will come to them. With the support of community partners, Nationwide Children’s is dedicated to bridging the healthcare access gap for the children of central Ohio. Nationwide Children’s Hospital Mobile Care Center aims to provide needed primary care, preventive and educational services to medically underserved children by bringing Nationwide Children’s services to schools and neighborhoods.

Nationwide Children’s Mobile Care Center also strives to actively enroll eligible children and families in Medicaid or Healthy Start Plus at convenient neighborhood locations. The Mobile Care Center participates in and supports community events and partnerships.

Services offered through the Mobile Care Center include:

  • Well-child care
  • Immunizations
  • Minor acute care
  • Laboratory testing
  • Physical examinations
  • Health and safety education
  • Vision, hearing, and developmental screenings
  • Behavioral health and counseling

For more information, or to schedule Nationwide Children’s Mobile Care Center, please call (614) 722-6227.

Make Our Mealtimes Special Project 

The goal of the National Institutes of Health-funded Make Our Mealtimes Special (MOMs) project was to prevent childhood obesity by developing and evaluating anticipatory guidance at the well-child visit during the first year of life. The project developed, disseminated and evaluated two new anticipatory guidance programs – the Mom-Focused Eating program (MFE) and the Ounce of Prevention Program (Ounce). The MFE group received advice targeted at their eating habits to help their children develop normal eating patterns. The Ounce group received advice on specific amounts of formula and baby food to feed. The mothers were surveyed about eating habits and infant feeding practices.

Outcomes favored the MFE intervention and the Ounce group. Both groups reported giving less juice, their children watched less television, and their children were more likely to eat family meals than those in the “usual care” group. The results are promising in obesity prevention using pediatric primary care. The researchers published an article in Clinical Pediatrics and other manuscripts are in development. Additionally, this research was aired more than 500 times on regional and national television news, with an estimated audience of 4 million viewers.   

contact info

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 722-4950
Fax: (614) 722-4966

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Fast Facts

July 2015 – June 2016

Main Campus
On-Site Primary Care Visits: 22,907
Urgent Care Visits: 52,652

Close To Home Centers
Physician Care Center Visits: 161,445
Unique Patients Treated in Entire Primary Care Network: 77,294

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000