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.

Healthy Babies & Kids

Healthy Babies & Kids

Healthy Strides for Kids

This program combines a casual 1-3 mile walk, preceded by a brief, informative talk by Cleveland Clinic physicians and caregivers. Some of the topics addressed will include better nutrition, increased exercise and respecting your body. Open to all children ages 9-14 and their parents.

Healthy You, Healthy Families

This program connects new and expectant moms and dads to community resources, support and knowledge that will help their babies thrive during their first year and beyond. Created in response to the high rate of infant mortality in Ohio, the program is made up of support groups, hospital tours and community baby showers that educate family members and other caregivers about the basics of safe baby care.

School-Based Programs

  • To learn about our programs that are taught in the school setting, please visit the Education page.
Chronic Disease Prevention & Management

Chronic Disease Prevention & Management

Block Watch for Wellness

Block Watch for Wellness is a community-based program led by Community Coaches that is designed to help people manage their own chronic medical conditions, such as hypertension (high blood pressure.) Community Coaches are trained by our team to facilitate a Block Watch group.

  • This is a 6-week program.
  • Block Watch groups meet once a week for two hours.
  • Groups are led by Cleveland Clinic trained Community Coaches, in your neighborhood.
  • Coaches are supported by Cleveland Clinic staff, and use educational videos and materials.

There are many changes a person can make to manage chronic conditions, like adopting a healthy diet, increasing exercise, and making lifestyle adjustments. Participants in Block Watch for Wellness groups decide what changes can be made to improve health, and work toward common goals.

The program does not replace seeing your doctor or taking medication.

Diabetes 101

This program focuses on the prevention, management and treatment of diabetes for yourself or for a loved one. Signs and symptoms are reviewed and emphasis is placed on eating healthy and remaining active to assist in the daily management of the chronic disease.

A school-based version of Diabetes 101 is offered for middle and high school students. Classroom teachers can visit the Education page to learn more.

Heart & Vascular Institute Educational Series

Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute hosts a free monthly educational program at the Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center that addresses heart disease risk factors, prevention strategies, and more! Come learn how you can maintain a healthy heart.

  • To join us for future Heart & Vascular Institute Education Series programs, please visit www.clevelandclinic.org/HVISeries and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see upcoming program dates. Or you can call the Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center at 216.361.1773.

Hypertension 101

This program focuses on the prevention, management and treatment of hypertension for yourself or a loved one. Signs and symptoms are reviewed with more emphasis being placed on eating healthy and remaining active to assist in the daily management of the chronic disease.

A school-based version of Hypertension 101 is offered for middle and high school students. Classroom teachers can visit the Education page to learn more.

Let’s Talk About Stroke

The Let’s Talk About Stroke program is a collaborative effort provided by Cleveland Clinic’s Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center and the Cerebrovascular Center. These interactive sessions focus on raising awareness, recognizing symptoms, and risk reduction and prevention through healthy lifestyle changes.

  • To join us for future Let’s Talk About Stroke programs, please visit www.clevelandclinic.org/LetsTalkAboutStroke and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see upcoming program dates. Or  you can call the Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center at 216.361.1773.

Stroke 101

This program teaches participants how to manage their risk factors, recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke, and achieve better outcomes by acting quickly if they or someone they know is having a stroke.

A school-based version of Stroke 101 is offered for middle and high school students. Classroom teachers can visit the Education page to learn more.

You Change You

This free, interactive, six-week program is about taking control of your entire life! This includes your mind, your body & your spirit. Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to provide you with the tools, information and courage to achieve what is important to you.

Each week will center around a core topic such as personal behavior, stress or nutrition. Participants will be introduced to various exercises and relaxation techniques, and are asked to set weekly personal goals.

Exercise, Nutrition & Well-Being

Exercise, Nutrition & Well-Being

Come Cook with Us!

An interactive cooking program that encourages healthy eating. Participants can sample featured recipes and ask questions about how to prepare nutritious food.

Come Learn with Us!

A wide variety of topics are available for health talks in the community.

Fitness Classes

Our interactive fitness classes get people active and moving. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, we have classes to help you reach your goals so you can live a happier, healthier life. Classes are open to people of all ages and abilities.

  • To join us for future Fitness Classes, please visit www.clevelandclinic.org/FitnessClasses and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see upcoming program dates. Or you can call the Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center at 216.361.1773.

Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI)

The Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) fosters collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and community partners to promote optimal health and wellness. Based on the community health needs assessment and utilizing combined resources within our local communities, Healthy Communities Initiative programs will be customized around three core areas: education, nutrition and physical activity.

HCIs are currently in place in Bedford Heights, Central/Kinsman, Cleveland (Harvard-Lee ), Cleveland Heights -University Heights, Euclid, Fairfax, Fairview Park, Glenville, Hough, Lyndhurst, Mayfield (includes Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Gates Mills and Highland Heights,) Medina, North Olmsted, Ohio City/Tremont, Rocky River, West Park, and Wooster.

  • To view all future HCI programming, please visit www.clevelandclinic.org/HCI and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see upcoming program dates.
  • To inquire about forming an HCI in your city, please email us at LetsMoveIt@ccf.org.

Healthy Strides… Come Walk with Us!

This program combines casual, 1-3 mile walks with brief, informative talks led by Cleveland Clinic caregivers and community partners. Topics change based on the leader’s area of expertise and suggestions from participants. All members of the community are welcome.

Safety

Safety

Coffee with the Cops

This initiative brings police officers and the residents they serve together over coffee to discuss issues, share concerns and craft solutions in a casual setting. Community Policing is, in its simplest terms, police departments and neighborhoods establishing a partnership through open lines of communication and cooperation. This partnership serves to support dialog, identify opportunities and develop strategies which will enhance the health and quality of life for residents.

Self-Defense

This program teaches men and women of all ages the fundamentals of Street-wise Self-Defense and Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) techniques. Participants will learn basic strikes, kicks, blocks and what to do if an attacker grabs, chokes or holds them. The moves are easy to learn and execute. This program is open to men and women of all ages.

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse

Heroin, Fentanyl and Carfentanil: The Triple Threat on Our Doorstep

This series of panel discussions brings residents, community partners and local experts together to engage in open conversation about the opioid epidemic. These events empower community members by connecting them to the resources and information they need to combat the opioid crisis.

Tobacco Cessation

These free classes will provide you with the tools you’ll need to cope with the social, mental, emotional and physical challenges you may face on the journey to becoming a nonsmoker.

Women's Health

Women's Health

Mammography Clinic at the Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center

The Mammography Clinic provides breast exams, women’s health education and more. Breast Exams and mammogram screenings are usually covered under most insurance plans. Cleveland Clinic offers financial aid for the uninsured and underinsured. Financial responsibility is determined by completing the financial assistance application. The Mammography Clinic is offered through a collaborative partnership between Cleveland Clinic’s Langston Hughes Health and Education Center and Taussig Cancer Institute.

To schedule an appointment at the Mammography Clinic, please call 216.444.2626 and indicate you would like a mammogram at Langston Hughes. A patient navigator can assist you with scheduling services at other health providers in the local community as well.

Women’s Health Clinic at the Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center

A warm, welcoming environment for all. Free, comprehensive, confidential care, including: routine women’s health exams, preventative screenings, contraception and more!

Appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-in’s accepted on a limited basis. Please call 216.361.1773 for more information.