Anchor Initiatives

Partnering to Create One Million Jobs for Black Americans

Cleveland Clinic is committed to addressing structural racism and bias in our community. As an anchor institution in every community we serve, we recognize the health impact of racial disparities and work to eliminate them.

In 2020, we engaged in a partnership with OneTen, joining a coalition of 37 of the largest U.S. employers, to train, hire and promote one million Black Americans into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement. The coalition will achieve this goal over the next 10 years.

In January 2021, OneTen began working with Cleveland Clinic and other partner employers to improve workplace inclusivity practices and to connect partner employers with talent providers. OneTen’s focus will be on reducing exclusionary hiring practices, identifying robust and new talent sources and ensuring that adequate and equitable career pathways for advancement exist.

All Americans share an aspiration for greater economic opportunity, and we look forward participating in the OneTen coalition to make a meaningful, measurable and lasting systemic impact on racial and economic justice.

Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Encouraging Togetherness During Global Pandemic

The Together mural at Lakewood Family Health Center. 

In August 2020, Lakewood resident and artist Ryan Jaenke produced a monumental mural in the storefront windows of the Lakewood Family Health Center. The bright and colorful painting celebrates the heroic actions of frontline medical workers and essential workers alike, alongside measures that everyday community members have taken to stop the spread of COVID-19. Titled Together, the joyful, vibrant composition celebrates caregivers and community members and reminds us all that “together we can do so much”.

Providing Affordable Broadband to Neighbors in Fairfax

According to 2019 Census Bureau data, Cleveland is the worst-connected large city, with nearly 50,000 households not having reliable broadband.1 Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the internet affects a person’s ability to search and apply for jobs, utilize healthcare and telehealth services, fully participate in their education and virtually connect with friends, family and colleagues. To this end, Cleveland Clinic, DigitalC and two Cleveland businesses, TransDigm Group Incorporated and The Lubrizol Foundation, came together in 2020 to help provide reliable and affordable high-speed internet to residents of the Fairfax neighborhood in Cleveland.

A broadband tower in the Fairfax neighborhood.

Internet equipment installed at Cleveland Clinic's main campus

Internet access affects health outcomes by connecting people to healthcare providers and providing information to learn about health and wellness. Expanding internet access is one way Cleveland Clinic aims to positively address the social determinants of health in our community.

Thanksgiving Meals for Residents in Fairfax and Hough

Caregivers serve Thanksgiving meals to residents of the Fairfax and Hough neighborhoods.  

Caring for our community is a cornerstone of our organization. On November 21, 2020, Cleveland Clinic, Meijer Grocery, Morrison Healthcare and community leaders in the Fairfax and Hough neighborhoods came together to donate Thanksgiving meals to 2,000 residents. More than 50 Cleveland Clinic caregivers and community members volunteered to help assemble and distribute meals to the community, which included turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, a dinner roll and apple pie.

Each household also received a care package from Meijer with household items, including two units of hand sanitizer, masks, hand soap and paper towels, as well as and non-perishable items such as gravy, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing and macaroni and cheese.

Exploring Art and Architecture with the ar+ App

Screenshots of the AR+ phone app.

Discover how art and architecture at Cleveland Clinic create unique healing environments with the free app ar+. Interact with dynamic media from any location, explore digitally curated exhibitions in the new Virtual Viewing Room or experience augmented reality (ar) at six of the twelve featured locations.

Cleveland Clinic’s world-class art and architecture app now features 12 locations and nearly 400 artworks by 100 artists. The Art Program nearly doubled ar+ content in 2020 and continues to expand the app with images, text, media and additional locations. The newly added Virtual Viewing Room presents thematic exhibitions that investigate pertinent topics, allowing users to learn more about specific artworks from artists and curators directly.

A user using AR+ scan in-person

ar+ allows users to:

  • Learn about artworks in Cleveland Clinic’s contemporary art collection.
  • Engage with artists and explore buildings through video, audio and 360° views.
  • Access a calendar of events and performances.
  • Locate patient and visitor amenities like cafés, boutiques and special resources.
  • Connect to hospital facilities and departments.

Download Cleveland Clinic ar+ for free in the Apple App Store for iOS devices 6s or later.

Made possible by a gift from Anita Cosgrove and her daughters in honor of Toby Cosgrove, MD, Executive Advisor and former CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic.


1 U.S. Census Bureau, “QuickFacts: Cleveland city, Ohio,” 2019, accessed 4 August 2021. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/clevelandcityohio