Economic Vitality

A look at how Government & Community Relations is impacting the local economy through education, collaboration and job preparation.

Building the Pipeline

Building Pipeline

Cleveland Clinic, in conjunction with local partners, is active in promoting development and exposure to careers in facilities management to local young adults. We host students from the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD) annually and provide them with the opportunity to engage with our caregivers to understand how skilled trades support healthcare facilities. Our grant-sponsored general maintenance technician internship program exposes students to curriculum and work experience that helps prepare them for post-secondary schooling and future employment in the healthcare sector.

At the contractor partner level, our Mentor Protégé program has been in place for nearly three years. This program pairs diverse construction management and architectural firms with respective leaders in the industry. At Cleveland Clinic, the mentors include mentees in every phase of the process and use key performance indicators to gauge success and opportunities. There is a high level of engagement, learning and successful award of work that takes place.

In 2017, Cleveland Clinic entered into a partnership with the Northern Ohio Society for Healthcare Engineering (NOSHE) for the facilities engineering internship program. An innovative partnership between CC and NOSHE, providing qualified candidates enrolled in an Engineering program an opportunity to participate in a paid work force development training. The participants are assigned to a Cleveland Clinic Mentor. During their experience they will gain hands-on experience into facility management, project planning, design and construction management, regulatory compliance, safety management, energy management, and process improvement.

Clinic-Based Programs (Internships)

The Clinic-Based Programs give Northeast Ohio middle and high school students the opportunity to learn and work alongside world-renowned caregivers at Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus, Regional Hospitals, and Family Health Centers.

Through their experiences in the Clinic-Based Programs, students gain exposure to healthcare fields and careers, cultivate their 21st century skill set through hands-on learning opportunities, and find practical, real-world applications for their academic knowledge.

These programs promote learning in health and wellness, the arts, innovation, financial literacy, and more. Each program is formulated to inspire students to embrace a variety of disciplines as keys to success, and to foster skills that will help them become life-long learners.

Learn more about the success of our students.

Community Partnerships

Cleveland Clinic’s community partnerships are administered by the Community Relations department and number well over 200. Community Relations’ mission is to connect with our communities and residents through a variety of neighborhood-based partners and social organizations, schools, houses of worship and other sites, engage in discussions about health needs, and create action plans to connect young and old alike with the medical, social and economic resources which will empower them to transform their own health and wellbeing as well as that of their communities.

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Community Service Opportunities

We offer community service opportunities to all Cleveland Clinic caregivers that give us the chance to give back to the communities we serve.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

The Office for a Healthy Environment, Government & Community Relations, and the Wellness Institute support Cleveland Clinic’s Community Farmers Market Program, which serves our communities with local produce. Farmers markets address the need for healthy and fresh produce in underserved communities with limited access or transportation to these local resources. Cleveland Clinic Farmers Markets offer incentive benefits to WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) moms, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients and seniors along public transportation routes. Each year the market audience grows and increases the value it brings to our local communities.

Our 2016 Farmers Market season ran from June to October on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus and at our Beachwood, Independence and Strongsville Family Health Centers. All food at our markets originates from within 115 miles of the market and is sold directly by the farmer. These policies strengthen our local economy and curtail the emissions used in transporting conventionally grown food that, on average, has traveled 1,500 miles to reach our community members’ plates.

At the market, our health education team discusses the importance of including fresh food as part of a healthy diet with young visitors and senior citizens alike. During the summer of 2016, McGregor Home at Langston Hughes brought 36 seniors to the market. Additionally, the Boys and Girls Club brought 94 students to the farmers market. The students are often provided with five dollars to purchase food items that are then prepared at their community resource centers. In addition to the market tour, shopping and education session, Cleveland Clinic police officers provided summer safety tips and a positive, friendly experience with law enforcement.

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Greater University Circle Initiative (GUCI)

This collaboration addresses the specific challenges of some of Cleveland’s most disinvested neighborhoods – Hough, Glenville, Fairfax, Central, Buckeye-Shaker, Little Italy and East Cleveland. In 2005, the Cleveland Foundation convened the leaders of key anchor institutions – Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and Case Western Reserve University – as well as the City of Cleveland and other partners to undertake the difficult task of creating “jobs, income and ownership opportunities” for all Greater University Circle residents. The leaders set four goals:

  • Buy Local – increase the capacity and use of local businesses.
  • Hire Local – link residents to jobs and income opportunities.
  • Live Local – attract new residents and support existing residents in quality housing.
  • Connect – connect people, neighborhoods and institutions in a vital network.

In many cities like Cleveland, anchor institutions have surpassed traditional manufacturing corporations to become their region’s leading employers. Cleveland Clinic is currently Northeast Ohio’s largest employer and Ohio’s second largest employer and recognizes the important role it plays as an anchor institution in the local economy.

There have been some remarkable early successes, including:

  • a leadership table that is the forum for collaboration for GUCI;
  • an evolving local procurement program to funnel purchasing power to local businesses;
  • the creation of the Evergreen Cooperatives (three employee-owned businesses that aim to create wealth in GUCI neighborhoods);
  • workforce training programs;
  • a Greater Circle Living employer-assisted housing program;
  • a comprehensive community engagement strategy emphasizing the power of networks; and
  • hundreds of millions of dollars in new real estate development that have boosted the area’s commercial and residential base.

To learn more, please visit the Economic Inclusion Program web page, or view the Greater University Circle Case Study.

Junior Ambassador Program for Teens

The Junior Ambassador Program for Teens offers two opportunities to high school students who qualify: the Junior Ambassador Summer Program and the Junior Ambassador After School Program. Both take place at our main campus in Cleveland, Ohio.

Volunteer Services

Find out more information about volunteering at our Cleveland, Ohio campus and local Family Health Centers.

Community Healthy Needs Assessments

Community Healthy Needs Assessment

Clevelands Greater Univeristy Circle Initiative

Fresh Market Peaches!

Fresh Market Peaches