Our responsibilities begin with public health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, disparities became clear. So, we brought tests, food and supplies to our neighbors. We also spoke up when mental health concerns increased even more during the pandemic. the pandemic intensified the existing mental health crisis. As the largest mental health provider in Ohio, we support patients who need our care and support.

Being here whenever our patients need us. That's the future of creating healthier communities. We're building programs to offer care closer to home. We're helping new parents care for their young ones. We're bringing primary care to more communities. Our commitment? Making sure everyone can get the care they need throughout their entire life.

Contact us

You can call us at 440.482.0853 or email CHPHeal@ccf.org. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's Community Health Strategy, email commhealthstrategy@ccf.org.

Infant & Maternal Health

Infant & Maternal Health


Improving maternal outcomes. Reducing low birth weight and premature births. Increasing breastfeeding success. These are just a few of the national CenteringPregnancy™ program's successes.

The program empowers pregnant people and families with the healthcare information they need. This has helped reduce infant mortality rates, especially in Black pregnant people, who are impacted by infant mortality rates nearly twice that of white pregnant people.

During the program, groups meet with their provider and facilitator for 10 months. These visits go beyond checking to see if the pregnancy is healthy. The participants also support each other. They learn about pregnancy, labor, delivery and infant care. By creating a community, they can get ongoing support and relationships — and feel more satisfied with their care.

Participating mother and newborn visiting Centering group to share her little girl and delivery experiences with the others in the CenteringPregnancy® group.
A new parent shares her experience with expectant parents in CenteringPregnancy.

Across Ohio, a variety of healthcare providers offer CenteringPregnancy.

Cuyahoga and Lorain counties and Greater Cleveland

Contact Toni McDougald at CenteringPregnancy@ccf.org. Or call 216.810.5051 and leave a voicemail with your call back number.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Email Holly Carder at carderh@ccf.org.

Center for Community Health Workers

Center for Community Health Workers

Community health workers help patients who experience barriers. These might be accessing medical care. Or maybe it's daily essentials, like food, housing, employment and childcare.

Cleveland Clinic’s community health workers are part of our emergency medicine, primary care and Ob/Gyn teams. They connect with patients to help coordinate care. They also advocate on behalf of patients’ needs, conduct home visits and provide ongoing support.

As community members themselves, they have a strong understanding of a patient’s lived experience and needs. They shop at the same grocery stores. They send their kids to the same schools. They know what it’s like to juggle work and family, all while trying to coordinate medical care on top of it all. And through this understanding and connection, they’re able to build trust. 

Our center was established in November 2021 by a multimillion-dollar gift from the Jones Day Foundation. To date, the team has screened 1,000+ patients for medical and social needs. And they've referred more than 500 patients to free community services. This includes people who are pregnant, children, people while in hospital, and those with chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease.

Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center

Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center

Serving Greater Cleveland, including the Fairfax, Central, Hough, Buckeye and Glenville neighborhoods.

Primary care at Langston Hughes

A primary care provider (PCP) manages your day-to-day health needs. A long-term relationship with a PCP keeps you healthier and lowers your medical costs. A PCP can teach you ways to stay healthy, treat you when you’re sick and help you get care from a specialist when you need it.

To make an appointment with an adult primary care provider, call us at 216.445.0700.

Mammography screenings at Langston Hughes

Our Mammography Clinic provides breast exams, health education and more.

Breast exams and mammogram screenings are usually covered under most insurance plans. We also offer financial aid if you need help paying for your mammogram.

To schedule an appointment, call us at 216.435.3274. Need help scheduling other services too? We'll be happy to help!

Contacting Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center

You can call us at 440.482.0853 or email us at CHP@ccf.org.

Langston Hughes Community Health and Education Center
2390 E. 79th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44104

Public Health Initiatives

Public Health Initiatives

Unite Ohio

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.

Learn more:

Contact Chase Holmes, Unite Us Systems Administrator, for more information.

Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition

In July 2019, Cleveland City Council passed the Lead Safe Certification law to address childhood lead poisoning and Cleveland’s aging housing stock. The law requires that all residential rental units constructed before 1978 be certified as lead safe by no later than March 1, 2023. Formed out of this, the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition is a public-private partnership with more than 500 members and 120 organizations working to ensure that no child in Cleveland is lead poisoned. Through the Coalition’s Lead Safe Home Fund, landlords can apply for loans, grants and incentives to certify their properties as lead safe.

Lead poisoning affects more than 1,000 children every year in the City of Cleveland, more than four times the national average. Lead exposure can lead to brain and nervous system damages, slowed growth and development, and learning and behavioral problems. Lead exposure is completely out of a child’s control, yet it prevents them from reaching their full potential as adults.

Upon becoming Cleveland Clinic President and CEO in 2017, Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., made a commitment that Cleveland Clinic would do its part to create healthy communities. As a part of our commitment to the community, The Cleveland Clinic is providing $50 million over five years to the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition. These funds will be used to identify and remove harmful sources of lead exposure from homes in the city. This is in addition to the $2.5 million our organization committed in September 2021. Further, the Clinic is making lead poisoning prevention its top community priority in 2022. “This effort is critical because prevention is the only effective approach,” says Tom Mihaljevic, MD. “There is no cure and no way to reverse the damage of lead poisoning once it is done.”

Homeless Initiative

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.

Vision First 

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.