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$161 000 Grant Will Support Medical Student Engagement with Local Artists&Community Leaders to Promote Health&Well-Being in Cleveland

September 4, 2012

The Cleveland Foundation has awarded a $161,000 grant to the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine to support the Program in Medical Humanities and establish a community initiative around stories of better health and well-being.

Cleveland Clinic’s Program in Medical Humanities provides experiences for medical students to understand medicine from many perspectives through exploration of the ethical, historical and societal implications of their work in caring for others. The humanities curriculum at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine includes two years of writing, reflecting and community projects designed to help these future doctors maintain their deep empathy for patients during their intensive science-based education experience.

With the support from the Cleveland Foundation, the program is launching a new initiative that will involve Cleveland Clinic medical students working with local artists, academics and community leaders to construct stories of health and well-being in Cleveland. The Healthy Cleveland Story Center will use the arts, student projects and bridge-building community events that will enable Lerner College students to work side-by-side with the people they’ll one day care for as doctors.

“I’m delighted that the Cleveland Foundation has chosen to support this important initiative that will have a positive influence on our local communities while advancing the field of medical education,” said Martin Kohn, Ph D, director of the Cleveland Clinic Program in Medical Humanities. “We know that the arts and humanities provide our students with much-needed perspective during their science-intensive education. By partnering with local artists and others in the community, we hope to enrich our neighborhoods while making our students better doctors and researchers.”

“The Cleveland Foundation is proud to support the creative collaboration at the heart of this unique medical education program,” said Robert Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation.” We believe the artistic interaction between the medical students and the community will help create a healthier Cleveland.”

More information on Cleveland Clinic’s Program and Medical Humanities is available online at my.clevelandclinic.org/about-cleveland-clinic/ethics-humanities-care/medical-humanities.aspx.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org.  Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

About the Cleveland Foundation

Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world's first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $1.8 billion and 2011 grants of $80 million. Through the generosity of our donors, the foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s vital issues – economic transformation, public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts advancement – and responds to the community’s needs.
 
For more information on the Cleveland Foundation, please visit www.ClevelandFoundation.org.

Media Contact:

Wyatt DuBois, 216.445.9946, duboisw@ccf.org