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
CenteringPregnancy™ is a national program that has been shown to dramatically improve maternal outcomes, reducing low birth weight and prematurity of newborns. It has also been shown to increase breastfeeding success. Centering programs focus on providing pregnant individuals and families with education about their own health and their child’s health. The support and knowledge gained through participation in Centering has been shown to reduce infant mortality rates, especially in African American women who are impacted by infant mortality at nearly twice the rate as that of white women. During the program, groups meet with their provider and another trained facilitator for ten visits to not only monitor the health of the pregnancy and child, but to support each other and learn about pregnancy, labor, delivery, and infant care. The community created in each Centering group helps to provide ongoing support and relationships that improve everyone’s satisfaction with care.
A new mom shares her CenteringPregnancy experience with other moms-to-be in the program.
Centering programs are offered across Ohio by a variety of healthcare providers.
For information about Cleveland Clinic Centering Pregnancy programs in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties and Greater Cleveland, contact Toni McDougald at [email protected] or call 216.491.0141 and leave voicemail and call back number.
For more information about Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s CenteringPregnancyTM program, contact Holly Carder, Coordinator, Centering Pregnancy, [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
Public Health Initiatives
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.
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, CEO and President. “There is no cure and no way to reverse the damage of lead poisoning once it is done.”
- Learn more about the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition.
- If you are looking to get your Lead Safe Certification, follow the steps provided here.
- Apply for financial assistance, Lead Safe loans, grants and incentives.
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.