Our responsibilities begin with public health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, as disparities became apparent, we brought tests, food and supplies to our neighbors. We also spoke up when the mental health crisis intensified for patients due to COVID-19. As the largest mental health provider in Ohio, we support patients throughout their struggles.
Continuous care is the future of creating healthier communities. We are building programs to offer more options for care closer to home, help new parents care for their young ones and bring primary care to the underserved. Increasing access to our services and caring for patients across their lifetimes will make us even more responsive to the needs of our community.
Infant & Maternal Health
Centering Pregnancy™ is a national program that has been shown to dramatically improve maternal outcomes, such as reducing low birth weight and prematurity. The Cleveland Clinic utilizes this program to reduce high Infant Mortality rates in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties and to reach African American women who are impacted by Infant Mortality at nearly twice the rate as white women. During the program, pregnant women meet together as a circle with a trained facilitator to learn about many aspects of pregnancy, labor and delivery and infant care. They are also seen by a health care provider for their regular prenatal checkups.
Akron General launched Centering Pregnancy in September and has seen a 62% uptick in participants during its first six months. It is on track to reach full capacity in May with 200 participants. The program successfully pivoted to in-person sessions in January. The Cleveland-based program, led by Certified Nurse Midwife Sue Hudson, currently uses a hybrid approach of virtual and in-person sessions to educate and support expectant mothers. For more information about Akron General’s program, contact Holly Carder, Coordinator, Centering Pregnancy, [email protected] Contact Sue Hudson at [email protected] for information about the Cuyahoga County-based program.
In addition to efforts around infant and maternal health in our South Region, we are excited to announce expansion in other regions. Our East region is piloting a project utilizing an OB maternal health navigator. The role of the navigator is to help connect our patients with services that they need in the community as well as internally, that will support our patients in achieving healthy term pregnancies and healthy maternal outcomes. Examples of these services include housing/shelter, food banks, mental health, clothing, WIC, Bright Beginnings and other organizations and resources in the Northeast Ohio area.
If you’d like to learn more about infant and maternal health work, please contact us at [email protected].
Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center
Clinical Care at Langston Hughes
Cleveland Clinic Langston Hughes Community Health and Education Center provides adult primary care and mammography services to residents of the Greater Cleveland area including the Fairfax, Central, Hough, Buckeye and Glenville neighborhoods. The Langston Hughes Center, a gathering place for health and well-being in the Fairfax neighborhood, also provides free health education and programming aimed at improving the health of the community.
Primary Care at Langston Hughes
Primary care providers (PCP) manage your day-to-day health needs. A long-term relationship with a PCP keeps you healthier and lowers medical costs. A PCP can teach you ways to stay healthy, treat you when you’re sick and help you get more advanced care when you need it.
You can now access adult primary care providers at the Langston Hughes Center.
To set up an appointment with a primary care provider please call 216.445.0700 and indicate you would like schedule a primary care provider appointment at Langston Hughes.
Mammography Screenings at Langston Hughes
Cleveland Clinic's Mammography Clinic at the Langston Hughes Center provides breast exams, women’s health education, and more. The Mammography Clinic is offered through a collaborative partnership between Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute and Langston Hughes Community Health and Education Center
Breast exams and mammogram screenings are usually covered under most insurance plans. Cleveland Clinic offers financial aid for the uninsured and under-insured. Financial responsibility is determined by completing the financial assistance application.
To schedule an appointment, 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.
Exercise, Nutrition, and Health Education at Langston Hughes
Due to COVID-19 protocols, we will not be offering any in-person programs at Langston Hughes this summer. Cleveland Clinic does offer a virtual health and wellness programs online. Please visit the Cleveland Clinic Events Calendar for a full listing of programs.
Contacting Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center
Please call us at 216.361.1773 or email us at [email protected].
Langston Hughes Community Health and Education Center
2390 E. 79th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44104
Social determinants have a major impact on health outcomes; especially for vulnerable populations. To help our patients improve their quality of life, Cleveland Clinic collaborated with MetroHealth to build Unite Ohio, a coordinated care network of health and social service providers. Unite Ohio leverages Unite Us, a platform that enables Cleveland Clinic caregivers to make patient referrals for food assistance, housing/shelter, mental health and behavioral health needs, individual family support, and benefits navigation. Currently, there are over 160 organizations with 252 programs that offer services on the Unite Us platform.
The Unite Us platform is free for all community-based organizations to join.
Contact Chase Holmes, Unite Us Systems Administrator, for more information.
In January 2019 Cleveland Clinic piloted a program to identify and provide care to our patients that are experiencing homelessness. The first step? We identified how many patients who came to Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus Emergency Department were homeless. It was determined that approximately 7,500 homeless patients, including nearly 1,000 children, had sought care there in recent years. This led to the formation of a team that created projects to ensure all patients are screened for homelessness to connect them to the best possible care. The team also started a transportation program for follow-up appointments and a hospital-to-housing program.
The program already has provided more than 4,000 free rides and has linked homeless patients in psychiatric units to community health workers who can address health and social needs.
Cleveland Clinic Children’s School-based Health Center
Cleveland Clinic Children’s School–Based Health Center offers a mobile, full-service pediatric office staffed with our healthcare professionals. For the school districts we've partnered with, the mobile unit will visit them regularly throughout the school year to provide any needed care. Should your child require healthcare when not at school, our School–Based Health staff or your child’s Cleveland Clinic primary care practitioner can see your child virtually during regular business hours. This service is available through MyChart, which can be accessed online or through your mobile device.
The mobile unit provides voluntary, comprehensive healthcare services to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. We know that children who are healthy are best equipped to learn and excel in the classroom. Cleveland Clinic Children's is committed to ensuring that all students receive high-quality, comprehensive healthcare with the added convenience of receiving care on the mobile unit, virtually in school or at home. The School–Based Health Center will collaborate with your child's existing healthcare provider or can act as a primary care provider for them. If your child needs care outside of our operating hours, you can make an appointment at any Cleveland Clinic Children’s location.
Cleveland Clinic’s Vision First program provides free vision screenings, eye examinations, and glasses for needy children in underserved communities across northeast Ohio. The program uses a mobile optometry van to visit elementary schools in Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Lakewood, Maple Heights and Warrensville Heights and offers services for students who are 4-6 years old. Since the start of the program in 2002, there have been 97,000 exams conducted and 7,500 pairs of glasses distributed.