Overview

Overview

Government & Community Relations’ work centers around the Let’s Move It® initiative – our strategy for improving the overall well-being of the residents in the communities we serve by positively “moving the dial” on advocacy and policy, healthy lifestyles, education and economic vitality.

Community Partnerships & Event Sponsorship

Community Partnerships & Event Sponsorship

Cleveland Clinic's community outreach efforts, sponsorships and collaborations have included on-the-ground programs, hands-on community service experiences, health & wellness education sessions, health screenings and navigation, and funding investments for requested programs, activities and events. These alliances annually involve over 200 community partners, non-profits, community resource centers and other organizations.

Government & Community Relations' mission is to connect with our communities and residents through a variety of neighborhood-based partners and social organizations, schools, houses of worship and other sites, engage in discussions about health needs, and create action plans to connect young and old alike with the medical, social and economic resources which will empower them to transform their own health and well-being as well as that of their communities.

To request financial or other support, please consider the following:

  • A partnership request should focus on sustainable program(s) collaboration to benefit the health and well-being of the communities Cleveland Clinic serves, whether in urban Cleveland, inner-ring suburbs, or surrounding communities / counties.
  • An event or sponsorship request should be specific to an upcoming health and wellness-related attraction or engagement in your community. Essential elements for Sponsorship Consideration are: Developing and Promoting Health and Wellness Initiatives; Providing Community Education for people of all ages; Enhancing Economic Vitality; and Supporting Workforce Development.

With the ever-changing landscape in health care and services, the dynamic is changing from "sick" care to "health" care. As such, 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. Cleveland Clinic is committed to working with individuals and organizations that understand this new reality, and these social and environmental determinants will be considered within the framework of any request for support.

Become a Partner

To request financial or other support, please consider the following:

  • A partnership request should focus on sustainable program(s) collaboration to benefit the health and well-being of the communities Cleveland Clinic serves, whether in urban Cleveland, inner-ring suburbs, or surrounding communities / counties.

For your request to be considered please provide all information requested in the Cleveland Clinic Community Outreach Partnership Request Form.

If you have questions regarding the criteria, or the review process, please contact Chris Abood at aboodc@ccf.org or 216.448.0043.

Event Sponsorship

To request financial or other support, please consider the following:

  • An event or sponsorship request should be specific to an upcoming health and wellness-related attraction or engagement in your community. Essential elements for Sponsorship Consideration are: Developing and Promoting Health and Wellness Initiatives; Providing Community Education for people of all ages; Enhancing Economic Vitality; and Supporting Workforce Development.

For your request to be considered please provide all information outlined in the Cleveland Clinic Event or Sponsorship Request Form.

If you have questions regarding the criteria, or the review process, please contact Lisa Boggs at boggsl@ccf.org or 216.448.0883.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

The Office for a Healthy Environment, Government & Community Relations, and the Wellness Institute support Cleveland Clinic’s Community Farmers Market Program, which serves our communities with local produce.

Greater University Circle Initiative

Greater University Circle Initiative

This collaboration addresses the specific challenges of some of Cleveland’s most disinvested neighborhoods – Hough, Glenville, Fairfax, Central, Buckeye-Shaker, Little Italy and East Cleveland. In 2005, the Cleveland Foundation convened the leaders of key anchor institutions – Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and Case Western Reserve University – as well as the City of Cleveland and other partners to undertake the difficult task of creating “jobs, income and ownership opportunities” for all Greater University Circle residents. The leaders set four goals:

  • Buy Local – increase the capacity and use of local businesses.
  • Hire Local – link residents to jobs and income opportunities.
  • Live Local – attract new residents and support existing residents in quality housing.
  • Connect – connect people, neighborhoods and institutions in a vital network.

In many cities like Cleveland, anchor institutions have surpassed traditional manufacturing corporations to become their region’s leading employers. Cleveland Clinic is currently Northeast Ohio’s largest employer and Ohio’s second largest employer and recognizes the important role it plays as an anchor institution in the local economy.

There have been some remarkable early successes, including:

  • a leadership table that is the forum for collaboration for GUCI;
  • an evolving local procurement program to funnel purchasing power to local businesses;
  • the creation of the Evergreen Cooperatives (three employee-owned businesses that aim to create wealth in GUCI neighborhoods);
  • workforce training programs;
  • a Greater Circle Living employer-assisted housing program;
  • a comprehensive community engagement strategy emphasizing the power of networks; and
  • hundreds of millions of dollars in new real estate development that have boosted the area’s commercial and residential base.

To learn more, please visit the Economic Inclusion Program web page, or view the Greater University Circle Case Study.

Internships

Internships

Government & Community Relations' internship programs 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.

Through their experiences in the internship programs, students gain exposure to healthcare fields and careers, cultivate their 21st century skill set through hands-on learning opportunities, and find practical, real-world applications for their academic knowledge.

These programs promote learning in health and wellness, the arts, innovation, financial literacy, and more. Each program is formulated to inspire students to embrace a variety of disciplines as keys to success, and to foster skills that will help them become life-long learners.

PLEASE NOTE: Government & Community Relations does NOT offer college-level or graduate-level internship programs. Additional high school, college and graduate-level experiences can be found below. Please contact the Department listed on each program's web page for more information.