Advocacy & Policy

Government & Community Relations advocacy activities at the local, state and federal levels are primarily focused in the areas of healthcare delivery system reforms. Specifically, we are interested in issues related to access to healthcare, patient outcomes, quality of care, wellness, health information technology adoption, physician education and provider reimbursements. These activities can take many forms including support of legislation, providing comment on proposed regulations, participating in ad hoc committees, and offering testimony in state and federal legislative committee hearings. Cleveland Clinic participates in coalitions with peer institutions to maximize the impact of our efforts.

Cleveland Clinic, as an institution, does not provide donations or other support to individual legislators or political parties. We ensure that ethical practices are maintained by completing detailed reports of contact with elected officials and government agencies and by filing federal lobbying reports for the money and time spent by individuals from Government Relations and Cleveland Clinic for advocacy efforts. Cleveland Clinic caregivers may donate to organizations or legislators as private citizens and do not represent Cleveland Clinic by their actions.

Cleveland Clinic receives support from the federal and state government in the form of competitive research grants, education assistance, loans and contracts. This financial assistance goes towards furthering our three-pronged effort to care for the sick, educate caregivers, and perform leading edge research on diseases and conditions. In 2016, Cleveland Clinic received $132,165,700 from federal and state grants, awards, and sub-awards.


Government Relations works with mayors, councils, law enforcement, and other local officials to respond to important issues that affect the lives of the people in the communities where Cleveland Clinic patients live and work.


Government Relations interacts with the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Health, the Governor's Office of Health Transformation, the Ohio Attorney General's Office, and State Licensing Boards to help shape key policies and legislation that impact hospitals, patients, and community members across the state.


Our team interacts with federal legislators, including members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), particularly the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institutes of Health.

We also work with the Department of Defense, the National Quality Forum (NQF), and the Department of Veteran Affairs to help shape federal policies and laws to positively influence the health of our nation’s heroes and all Americans.

Advocacy and Policy Stories

In June, 2016, our team welcomed former Vice President Joe Biden to the Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center for an invitation-only event to meet and speak with members of the Fairfax neighborhood about the Cancer Moonshot initiative.

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We also invited former Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, MD, MPH, to Cleveland Clinic main campus to present Grand Rounds and convene a round table discussion on the opioid crisis as part of the Turn the Tide Rx campaign.

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“The Cleveland Clinic strives to be the undisputed leader in transforming the well-being of the communities we serve.”

—Kristen Morris, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer.

Former VP Biden Visits Fairfax

On June 28, 2016, former Vice President Joe Biden visited the Cleveland Clinic Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center to discuss the Cancer Moonshot initiative

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Government & Community Relations

In Government & Community Relations we believe the health of our community is not determined solely on physical well-being, but on all the factors that go into the experience of living, working, and thriving in Northeast Ohio.