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Community Relations

An overview of programs and initiatives offered throughout Northeast Ohio by our Community Relations Department.

Enterprise Wide Service Events

We offer quarterly enterprise wide service events that give our caregivers the opportunity to give back to the communities we serve.

Cleveland Clinic's Harvest for Hunger Campaign

Through the generosity of caregivers throughout the Enterprise, Cleveland Clinic’s 2015 Harvest for Hunger campaign raised $58,229, providing nearly 233,000 nutritious meals for our neighbors in need throughout Northeast Ohio. In addition, 5,423 pounds of food were donated and provided an additional 4,519 meals. Above and beyond that amount, the collections for Brunswick and Medina went directly to Feeding Medina: $5,816.00 and 77.5 pounds of food. The food donation for Willoughby Hills went to Lake County’s food needs directly, totaling 125 lbs. Of the more than 600 companies participating, Cleveland Clinic was among the Top 10 in fundraising.

Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together Volunteer Days

Among the many summer outreach initiatives managed through Community Relations, two community service days in 2015 were well attended by caregivers from throughout the Enterprise. In July, Habitat for Humanity and Cleveland Clinic volunteers assisted homeowners on East 83rd Street, right in the heart of Fairfax, and refurbished, painted, and landscaped more than a dozen homes and buildings. Then in September another large group of caregivers volunteered in the Glenville neighborhood in collaboration with Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio to paint and landscape two historic apartment buildings.

 
Volunteering at the Food Bank

Cleveland Clinic Caregivers Provide Day of Community Service at Greater Cleveland Food Bank

More than 40 Cleveland Clinic caregivers gathered at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank for the annual December Enterprise Service Day under the direction of the Community Outreach Department. Teams prepared meals and sorted, packed, and sealed boxes all morning long, enjoying the opportunity to assist this vital Cleveland and Northern Ohio community resource. Hundreds of cold and hot meals were prepared and dozens of boxes were packed for delivery to food distribution centers throughout the region.

Healthy Communities Initiative

The Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) is a collaborative effort between Cleveland Clinic and community partners to promote optimal health and wellness. Based on the community health needs assessment reports and using combined resources within our local communities, HCI programs are customized around four core areas: education; nutrition; lifestyle management; and physical activity. In 2015, we partnered with Case Western Reserve University to provide a six-week health challenge event between Glenville and Hough neighborhood residents.

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Healthy Lifestyle

We offer many programs for the communities in which we live, work and impact to provide them with the opportunity to create a healthier versions of themselves. They include:

  • Come Cook with Us: An interactive cooking program that encourages healthy eating. Classes take place at Cleveland Clinic’s Regional Hospitals, Family Health Centers, or the Langston Hughes Center.
  • Community Health Education: A wide variety of topics are available for health talks in the community. Sessions take place at Cleveland Clinic’s Regional Hospitals, Family Health Centers, or the Langston Hughes Center. Community Relations also arranges for presenters to go out into the community to speak to residents or at community events.
  • Community Screenings: Cleveland Clinic provides health screenings for a variety of conditions and illnesses at our Regional Hospitals, Family Health Centers, and the Langston Hughes Center.
  • Fitness Classes: These interactive fitness classes get people active and moving. Programs take place at Cleveland Clinic’s Regional Hospitals, Family Health Centers, or the Langston Hughes Center.
  • Healthy Strides - Come Walk with Us: This interactive program gets participants moving while they learn about a new health topic, which varies based upon the expertise of the leader of the walk. All sessions are free and open to the public.
  • Safety Programs: Community Relations offers a variety of safety programs to provide the community with information regarding the importance of being aware of community and health dangers and safety precautions.
  • Tobacco Cessation: We connect community members and patients with Cleveland Clinic tobacco treatment specialists who devise uniquely tailored plans just for them. Community members and patients can join us for one of our free seven-week classes at the Langston Hughes Center. These classes provide the tools to cope with the social, mental, emotional, and physical challenges that may be faced on the journey to becoming a nonsmoker. The program educates community members and patients on medications that can help them quit and on how the body immediately transitions to that of a non-smoker.
  • You Change You: You Change You is a six-week self-management program for people with chronic diseases or those that care for them. This is a non-clinical based program. Sessions are offered at Cleveland Clinic’s Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers.

Economic Vitality

The health of a 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. Our mission is to connect with our communities and residents with the economic resources that can empower them to transform their own health and well-being, as well as that of their communities. Our Community Relations Department is impacting the local economy and supporting workforce development through a variety of education, collaboration, and job preparation programs.

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Education

Community Relations works to promote academic achievement and to foster career preparedness for people of all ages. Our educational programs provide a wide range of authentic learning experiences in schools, at Cleveland Clinic facilities, at our partner organizations, and in the community. These programs leverage Cleveland Clinic’s resources and community partnerships to support success, both inside and beyond the classroom, empowering our community members to become our city’s next generation of leaders.

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Harvest For Hunger Success

Cleveland Clinic’s 2015 Harvest for Hunger campaign raised $58,229, providing nearly 233,000 nutritious meals for our neighbors in need throughout Northeast Ohio.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Throughout Northeast Ohio, one in six people is food insecure – meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank seeks to bridge the meal gap, connecting individuals with the nutritious meals they need to succeed.

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Healthy Communities Initiative

The Healthy Communities Initiative is a collaborative effort between Cleveland Clinic and community partners to promote optimal health and wellness.

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