Caregivers in the community

The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute caregivers are committed to serving our community by participating in health fairs, speaking at a variety of events, community education classes, and online educational opportunities.

Ben Barzilai, MD Ben Barzilai, MD – Section Head, Clinical Cardiology
"Recognizing the symptoms of heart disease, beginning treatment and long-lasting heart health requires a partnership between patients and caregivers in the clinic and support and education of our community.
Lee Kirksey, MD Lee Kirksey, MD – Vascular Surgeon
"Early detection of cardiovascular risk factors prompts initiation of proven and effective treatments and is essential for improving the health of those in our community."
Langston Hughes Community Center

Langston Hughes Community Center

Cleveland Clinic Heart Health Program at the Langston Hughes Community Health and Education Center in Fairfax

Cleveland Clinic’s renowned Heart and Vascular Institute and Office of Community Outreach are teaming up to present a monthly series of free programs aimed at educating and improving heart health for residents, especially those in Fairfax, Hough, Glenville, Central and surrounding communities.

The series is set for the second Tuesday of every month, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Cleveland Clinic’s Langston Hughes Community Health and Education Center, 2390 East 79th Street at Quincy Avenue, right in the center of the Fairfax neighborhood.

Attendees will take part in a 30-35 minutes class with open discussion at the end and additional time allotted for blood pressure checks as needed.

Vickie Eaton Johnson, Senior Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Community Outreach Department noted that this is an exciting and much-needed collaboration:

“Our team is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with specialists aligned with the Heart and Vascular Institute to deliver this important programming to residents of Fairfax, Hough and other close-in neighborhoods at no cost. This partnership is another example of our commitment to positively impact the health of residents who have higher instances of chronic disease, obesity, heart health issues.”

“Heart attack, stroke, heart failure and limb amputation occur at disproportionally high rates in the African American community,” said Lee Kirksey MD, MBA, vascular surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

“Early detection of these illnesses permits prompt initiation of proven and effective treatments and is essential for improving the health disparities which exist in our community.”

The goal of Cleveland Clinic’s Langston Hughes Community Health and Education Center is to strengthen communities and neighborhoods by providing exceptional healthcare.

Free outreach services provided by the center include:

  • Health assessments and screenings
  • Exercise and Wellness Programs
  • Health educations and individual counseling
  • Smoking Cessations
  • Nutrition classes

For information, call 216.361.1773

Scheduled Sessions & Topics

Scheduled Sessions & Topics

Scheduled sessions take place at:

Cleveland Clinic’s Langston Hughes Community Health and Education Center
2390 E. 79th St. (at Quincy Avenue)
Cleveland 44104

Date: Second Tuesday of the month: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Classes also available for patients and families at Cleveland Clinic's main campus.


Date Session Instructor
June 12 Weight Control Dietitian Kate Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD
July 10 Exercise and the Heart Mike Crawford, MS
August 14 Unhealthy Habits: Smoking, Chewing Tobacco, Energy Drinks & Drugs – How They Relate to Heart Disease Tina Fierro, CNP
September 11 Medication Tips: How to Take Medications and Common Heart Medications Include OTC Meds Kathy Gambino, CNP
Erin Kearns, CNP
October 16 Diabetes & Pre-diabetes – How is it Related to Heart Disease? Diabetic Educator Mary Beth Modic, DNP, RN, CNS, CDE
November 13 Diet – Eating Heart Healthy on a Budget Dietitian Kate Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD
December 11 Stress Management Ted W. Raddell, Ph.D, Counseling Psychologist & Clinical Assistant Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve Univ.


Date Session Instructor
January 8 High Blood Pressure Betsy Stovsky MSN, RN
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