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Education

Grades Pre-K to 5

These Cleveland Clinic resources and programs are designed to support success, both inside and beyond the classroom, empowering our community members to become our city’s next generation of leaders.

5 to Go!

Cleveland Clinic is a proud leader in the movement to ensure all young people have access to essential information and the resources needed to grow up healthy. To accomplish this goal we collaborate with other childhood health champions in schools and community organizations to implement our 5 to Go! TM campaign. 5 to Go! TM incorporates a number of other new and existing programs under a single campaign to comprehensively engage students of all ages.

Background:

5 to Go!™ is led by Cleveland Clinic’s Community Relations Department and offers age-appropriate health and wellness curricula, a collection of body mass index data, and assistance in implementing high-level policy changes that positively impact all children.

Methods:

Cleveland Clinic knows that, for children to grow up healthy, they must be fed healthy foods and learn about them in school. Food is Knowledge® is our pre-K through first grade curriculum that incorporates MyPlate, a government nutrition education program, and unique cartoon characters to teach children about the food groups, the importance of nutrients for our bodies, how the food we eat is grown and raised and table manners.

Implementation:

Cleveland Clinic partners with community organizations such as the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC) to offer Food is Knowledge® to their Head Start programs. Our curriculum for older students is Healthy Futures, which includes units on nutrition, physical activity, mindfulness and tobacco avoidance. This program has reached over 4,300 students across 64 schools and 5 community organizations.

Food is Knowledge® and Healthy Futures are reinforced when school food service directors adopt our Eat Right at School Menu. Created in conjunction with dietitians from Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Human Nutrition, the Eat Right at School criteria starts with the new USDA guidelines for school nutrition and further enhances those criteria for sodium, sugars, and whole grains.

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, this interactive Web game gives students the opportunity to learn about healthcare careers they may never have even known existed.

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HealthCARE™

HealthCARE™ (Cultivating Acceptance and Respect through Education) is an educational program 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.

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Power Washers

Created by 2008 Creative Learning intern Gabriel Firestone, these hygiene superheroes teach the importance, technique, and science of proper hand washing through music, humor, and games. Join 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.

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Reading Programs

Reading is a critical life skill that we support through the interaction of Clinic caregivers and students. The reading program is a school-based program for elementary schools. The students not only have the opportunity to be read to, which for some, is the only exposure besides their classroom teacher, but also to read to the caregiver to help them develop their literacy skills.

Grades 6 to 8

Adventures in Health Science and Medicine (AHSM)

The Adventures in Health Science and Medicine program 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 2015-2016 school year, nearly 180 middle school students from across Ohio experienced Adventures in Health Science and Medicine. Classroom participation increased 15% from last year, with 7 new schools embracing the use of technology to bring Cleveland Clinic caregivers and resources into their classrooms.

STEM2M

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Medicine is a new program implemented in the Mayfield Schools. Cleveland Clinic will provide the medical component of this program utilizing existing curriculum developed by Cleveland Clinic, and also incorporating hands on learning with physicians and other allied health professionals.

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.

Teen Cancer Program

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.

Walk a Marathon

A school-based health and wellness initiative that encourages daily exercise as part of the school day. Health professionals provide education on exercise, nutrition and healthy habits. The program runs in conjunction with the school year – students are recognized for half marathon and marathon distances.

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 2015-2016 school year, more than 3,000 students from Ohio and beyond participated in Worldwide Classroom®. Twelve Cleveland Clinic caregivers from across the enterprise volunteered their time and expertise to educate students on important health topics and careers covered through the program.

Clinic-Based Programs

The Civic Education Department offers Clinic-Based Programs that 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.

Rising high school freshmen can participate in the following Clinic-Based Programs:

Healthcare+ Pathways Internship Program: This two-week internship program provides rising high school freshmen with unique career exploration opportunities in the biomedical sciences, and gives them the opportunity to learn from world-renowned healthcare and community professionals.

Grades 9 to 12

Clinic-Based Programs

The Civic Education Department offers Clinic-Based Programs that 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.

Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors can participate in the following Clinic-Based Programs:
NEOREMA™ Internship Program: This four-week internship program gives rising high school sophomores the opportunity to learn about the sciences and scientific writing skills while working alongside professionals from Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga Community College and Kent State University.

Louis Stokes Workforce Readiness Internship Program: In partnership with PNC Bank and Youth Opportunities Unlimited, this nine-week internship program encourages students' interest in non-clinical areas of health care like law, information technology, marketing, human resources, and building operations.

Science Internship Program (SIP): This internship program gives rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to work alongside Cleveland Clinic caregivers, while learning how health can be maintained through the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the body. Students can choose to apply to one of the ten different tracks offered.

eXpressions™

Background:

Launched in 2005, eXpressions™ is an award-winning educational initiative that utilizes creative expression to engage high school students in the exploration of science and medicine. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students translate research studies conducted by Cleveland Clinic high school interns, producing artistic, literary, and mathematical interpretations of the science.

Methods:

In addition to providing participants with a deeper appreciation for science and its connections to other disciplines, eXpressions™ gives students and their teachers the chance to earn awards, exhibition opportunities, and even college credits. And since the program connects to Common Core State Standards, it provides a fun, creative way to cultivate 21st century skills.

Implementation:

Since the program’s inception, more than 9,000 creative interpretations have been submitted by eXpressions™ students. Out of the nearly 1,600 submissions received as part of the 2016 eXpressions™ program, there were 84 award-winning pieces that were on display at the Global Center for Health Innovation.

Results:

An esteemed panel of content specialists — arts educators, professional writers and editors, scientific researchers, and mathematicians — evaluated the eXpressions™ submissions on four criteria: interpretation of research; presentation of ideas; creativity; and initiative. Exceptional entries were awarded one of four levels of recognition: Blue Ribbon, Red Ribbon, White Ribbon, and Honorable Mention. One art submission, one language submission, and one math submission were also recognized as Best in Show for their respective programs.

Best in Show, Art:

Breathing X-Rays

This year’s Best in Show art piece, Breathing X-Rays, created by Haley Quinlan from Westlake High School in Westlake, Ohio. Haley’s eXpressions™ piece was inspired by Science Internship Program intern Danya Lynn MacDonald’s research project titled “Assessing the Predictive Value of FEV3/FVC, MMEF and AEX in Detecting Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (BOS) in Lung Transplant Recipients.”

College and Beyond

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM)

CCLCM is a unique program that is setting new standards for the training of physician investigators. Our goal is to identify the best students from the widest variety of backgrounds to directly impact the future of medical care and understanding of medical science. We are seeking students who desire to be expert in clinical practice while furthering the frontiers of medicine through scientific inquiry. We expect our graduates to be highly competitive for academic residencies and to pursue careers as physician investigators.

Cleveland Clinic Student Experience

Cleveland Clinic Student Experience provides internship and co-op opportunities to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. This exciting opportunity will offer highly motivated candidates the possibility to explore potential careers in the healthcare industry at Cleveland Clinic.

“Government and Community Relations is striving to establish Cleveland Clinic as the undisputed leader in transforming the health and well-being of communities in which we work.”

—Kristen Morris, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer.

Breathing X-Rays

This year’s eXpressions Best in Show art piece, Breathing X-Rays, created by Haley Quinlan from Westlake High School in Westlake, Ohio. Haley’s eXpressions™ piece was inspired by Science Internship Program intern Danya Lynn MacDonald’s research project titled “Assessing the Predictive Value of FEV3/FVC, MMEF and AEX in Detecting Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (BOS) in Lung Transplant Recipients.”

Expressions X-Ray