Government Relations

Government Relations supports our communities and patients by:

Government Engagement

Cleveland Clinic’s political and legislative activities 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. When deemed appropriate, Cleveland Clinic will participate 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 2015, Cleveland Clinic received $108,534,988 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.


The Government and Policy teams interact with federal legislators including members of the Ohio congressional Delegation and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 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.

Veterans Employee Resource Group

Government & Community Relations (GCR) partnered with the Military and Veterans Employee Resource Group to honor Cleveland Clinic employees and visitors who have served our nation in military services with a series of activities during the week commemorating Veterans Day.

GCR and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion co-hosted a special presentation and panel discussion entitled “Parallels in Military and Civilian Medicine: the Volume to Value Challenge.” The forum was thought-provoking and revealed systemic commonalities, best practices, and the potential for future joint projects. More than 130 participants heard a feature presentation from Jonathan Woodson, MD, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and a panel discussion moderated by James Young, MD, Professor of Medicine and Executive Dean, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Interim Chairman, Medicine Institute. The Panelists included:

  • Erika Woodson, MD
  • Brigadier General John Cho, Deputy Chief of Staff for Support, U.S. Army Medical Command
  • Michael Modic, MD, Neurological Institute Chairman & Chief Transformation Officer
  • Nirav Vakharia, MD, Associate Chief Quality Officer, Cleveland Clinic
  • Jay Alberts, PhD, Vice Chair of Health Technology Enablement, for Neurological Institute, and Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Concussion Center

Additionally, a Medical DRASH (Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter) Unit was on display. The Mobile DRASH asset is a modular, operationally flexible and scalable, mobile medical exhibit with peripheral multi-media systems and displays.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The City of Cleveland’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 2010 to 2050, and Cleveland Clinic’s Office for a Healthy Environment has helped develop the 33 actions outlined to achieve this goal.

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Clean Power Plan

In 2015, President Barack Obama unveiled the final version of his plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants. Cleveland Clinic’s co-director of the Asthma Institute was there for the unveiling.

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Government & Community Relations

Government & Community Relations’ mission is to improve the well-being of the residents in the communities we serve by positively “moving the dial” on healthy lifestyles, education, economic vitality, legislation, and policy.

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