Government & Community Relations offers resources and programs that support success in the classroom and beyond; empowering our youth to become Northeast Ohio’s next generation of leaders.

Adventures in Health Science and Medicine℠ (AHSM℠)

Adventures in Health Science and Medicine℠ is a series of courses delivered through videoconference technology designed to promote career exploration in health science and the study of medicine for students in middle school. Offered through hour-long, real-time presentations, each course includes a lecture, case-study investigation, hands-on activities, and collaborative discussion facilitated by a Cleveland Clinic caregiver.

During the 2016 – 2017 school year, over 200 middle school students from across Ohio experienced Adventures in Health Science and Medicine℠. Classroom participation increased 10% from last year, with 4 new schools embracing this Connected Learning program that brings Cleveland Clinic caregivers and resources into their classrooms.

Find out which local middle school won the AHSM℠ Innovation Challenge.

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Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Established as a partnership between Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine is a unique medical school program that sets standards for the training of physician investigators through innovative approaches to the integration of basic science, research and clinical medicine.

Dangerous Decibels®

A free, school-based program designed to teach 4th through 5th graders the concepts of noise-induced hearing loss prevention. Through a fun, interactive, 50-minute presentation, students explore the science of sound, the way it travels, and how they can protect their hearing for years to come!

The program is delivered by Cleveland Clinic audiologists and audiology doctoral students who have completed Dangerous Decibels® educator training.

Diabetes 101

A middle and high school program that focuses on the signs and symptoms of diabetes. This program addresses  prevention, management and treatment of diabetes as well as awareness and compassion for those around you dealing with diabetes.

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Since 2005, eXpressions™ has engaged more than 10,000 high school students — from across Ohio and around the world — in the creative exploration of science and medicine. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, participants interpret research studies conducted by Cleveland Clinic summer interns.

An esteemed panel of content experts evaluated this year’s 1,500 submissions. Exceptional entries were awarded one of five levels of recognition: Best in Show, Blue Ribbon, Red Ribbon, White Ribbon, or Honorable Mention.

eXpressions™ is more than a competition, however. Tied to state and national academic standards, this innovative line of programs gives participants a deeper, real-world understanding of science, art, language, and math while promoting creativity, innovation, communication, and teamwork.

From Jump Ropes to Microscopes

Designed by 2009 Creative Learning Intern Elizabeth O’Neill and based on the children’s book of the same name written by 2008/2009 Creative Learning Intern Leah Backo, From Jump Ropes to Microscopes gives elementary school students in the opportunity to learn about healthcare careers they may never have even known existed.

HealthCARE™ (Cultivating Acceptance and Respect through Education)

HealthCARE™ is designed to promote inclusion and self-esteem among children ages 5 through 10. Developed by the Civic Education Department and the Cleveland Clinic Theatre Company, the program provides free educational resources, including award-winning videos and accompanying curricula that meet state and national academic standards in a variety of subjects. Also, HealthCARE™ offers disease-specific lessons so teachers can address inclusion and self-esteem as they relate to specific medical conditions.

Hypertension 101

A middle and high school program that focuses on the signs and symptoms of high blood pressure. This program addresses prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure while focusing on eating healthy and exercising.

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Power Washers™

Created by 2008 Creative Learning intern Gabriel Firestone, Power Washers™ teaches elementary school students the importance, technique, and science of proper hand washing through music, humor, and games. Join hygiene superheroes Water Woman, Super Soap, and Touchy Towel as they take on a band of evil germs in their Webby Award-winning music video debut, or become a Power Washer™ yourself by beating the bad guys in the Power Washers™ Hand Washing game.

This year Power Washers™ helped teachers at Andrew J. Rickoff School in Cleveland teach their students about proper hand hygiene.

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Stroke 101

Stroke 101 is a school based program for middle school students. This program educates and empowers middle-schoolers to recognize the signs of a stroke and encourage the rapid care of the individual to achieve better outcomes. This program is taught in the school setting and utilizes a pre- and post-knowledge tests.

The Stroke 101 program proved to be a lifesaver for a Medina Hospital patient.

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Teen Cancer Program

This high school education program focused on cancer prevention and the importance of self-exams. Students in the program study breast, testicular, skin, and lung cancers.

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Worldwide Classroom®

The Worldwide Classroom® program includes free, interactive, real-time courses delivered through videoconference or live stream technology that address a wide range of important health topics and healthcare.

careers for regional and national middle and high school-aged students. Educators can register their students to participate in one or all of the courses offered through the program’s two unique learning series – Hot Topics and Meet the Caregivers.

  • Hot Topics courses explore an array of important health topics, with one health topic being spotlighted each month.
  • Meet the Caregivers courses showcase the work of Cleveland Clinic caregivers whose careers relate to the health topics being spotlighted each month in the Hot Topics courses.

During the 2016 – 2017 school year, more than 3,300 students from Ohio and beyond participated in Worldwide Classroom®. Eighteen Cleveland Clinic caregivers from across the enterprise volunteered their and expertise to educate students on important health topics and careers covered through the program.

Through the Worldwide Classroom® program, Cleveland Clinic caregiver and Rio Olympics competitor, Houry Gebeshian, taught 250 students from 11 schools what it’s like to be a physician assistant. 

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

—Kristen Morris, Chief Government & Community Relations Officer.

A World Turned Upside Down

eXpressions™ Best in Show, Language

This year’s eXpressions™, Best in Show, Language piece, A World Turned Upside Down, was created by Mia Zivkovic from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Mia’s piece was inspired by Science Internship Program intern Lauryn Hamilton’s research project titled “An Inquiry Into the Relationship Between Spiritual Care Interventions and Length of Stay in Select Hospital Patients .