Community Immersion Experiences
Tuesday, June 16, 3:00 - 6:00 PM (registration required)
Option A, East Side with Cleveland Clinic: Fostering Economic Development through Community Partnerships
Cleveland Clinic is investing in its communities, transforming conversations into sustainable partnerships that impact the health of its neighborhoods. This immersive experience will allow participants to tour the east side of Cleveland, focusing on partnerships and initiatives Cleveland Clinic has built with local communities.
During Part 1 of the visit, participants will visit the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry (ECL) and learn about this unique concept which builds community wealth through cooperative business ownership with businesses located in historically disinvested neighborhoods. ECL is part of Evergreen Cooperatives which leverages the purchasing power of anchor institutions. As worker-owners, ECL employees share in the profits of the company and have access to special programs to help them purchase homes. ECL manages Cleveland Clinic's laundry facility in the city's Collinwood neighborhood.
Part 2 will provide an overview and visit to Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center (STJHC) in East Cleveland. STJHC is reaching beyond traditional healthcare services and linking with community resources in one location to make it easier for residents to get the healthcare, financial and social services they need. The center’s focus on diabetes treatment and prevention, including clinical therapy, comprehensive self-management education and support, nutrition classes in an iron chef style kitchen, has the goal of decreasing diabetes in a high prevalence neighborhood.
Part 3 will conclude at the Langston Hughes Health and Education Center in Fairfax, a former original Andrew Carnegie Library now housing Clinic Community Outreach staff and services. The Langston Hughes Center returned a historically significant neighborhood gem to productive reuse and was made possible through the support of foundations, corporations and government entities and individuals. The center offers free clinical care, exercise classes, cooking demonstrations, tobacco cessation, self-defense and education to area residents.
Option B, MidTown with University Hospitals: Advancing Maternal and Infant Health through Co-Located Services
The University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Center for Women and Children brings together, in one convenient location, clinical & behavioral health services, along with a variety of co-located social services, making it easier for area residents to lead healthier lives. In addition, it is a primary site for training the next generation of pediatric and OB/GYN clinicians.
This immersive experience will allow participants to tour the new UH Rainbow Center for Women and Children, a 40,000-square-foot, three-story, urban center that seeks to improve maternal, infant and child health and advance health equity.
Part 1 of the visit, participants will learn about UH’s process and decision to relocate its OB/GYN, pediatric primary care & adolescent healthcare practice into the heart of the city of Cleveland. They will also hear about the robust community advisory board that was convened to aid in decision-making regarding the facility’s interior design, about desired programming and how best to engage the community.
Part 2 of the immersive experience will provide context about the neighborhood and other organizations that are now attracted to this area. It entails a short walk to the neighboring Dunham Tavern Museum, the oldest building in Cleveland and Dave’s Market & Eatery. Dave’s is a local family-owned grocer that partners with the Rainbow Center on nutrition education programming. Participants will see the new cooking kitchen and community room that was co-designed with Rainbow staff and members of the community advisory board.
Option C, West Side with MetroHealth System: Transforming Neighborhood Health through Education and Training
The MetroHealth System, an essential health system based in Cleveland, Ohio, is making impressive progress in improving the health of its patients and the communities it serves. Not only is MetroHealth transforming its main campus and building a new hospital, it also is transforming the delivery of health care with a laser focus on the social determinants of health that impact our patients and neighborhoods. MetroHealth’s transformation is serving as a catalyst for wide-ranging neighborhood revitalization, encompassing new businesses, housing, green space and more.
This immersive experience will take participants through MetroHealth’s campus and surrounding community, highlighting initiatives in education and workforce development amidst the backdrop of campus construction and neighborhood renewal.
Part 1 will include a tour of the public high school housed on the main campus – the first of its kind in the country – and showcase MetroHealth’s partnership with Cuyahoga Community College, which provides on-site access to education and job training.
In Part 2 of the immersive experience, MetroHealth and its community partners will highlight revitalization efforts throughout the surrounding Clark-Fulton neighborhood, a diverse area that includes the largest concentration of Hispanic and Latino residents in Cleveland, as well as refugees from throughout the world. Participants will learn about MetroHealth’s VIDA! program, a community engagement initiative that trains neighborhood residents to lead healthy cooking classes within their faith communities.
Part 3 of the immersive experience will conclude at Urban Community School, a K-8 non-profit school serving children on the near west side of Cleveland, where MetroHealth has co-located a new community health center to serve the student body, their families and neighborhood residents.
Please dress comfortably if attending immersive experiences, as you will be outside and walking. Jeans, tennis shoes, and jackets are recommended.