Caregivers in the Community

Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic 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."

Learn about our Center for Multicultural Cardiovascular Care

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, Vascular & Thoracic 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
January 14 The Heart and Blood Vessels – including common heart conditions, MI, Heart Valve Disease, PAD, Stroke, emergency signs, and symptoms Katie Zak, RN and Claire Abraham, RN
February 11 How much do you know about Heart Disease Prevention? Betsy Stovsky, RN, MSN
March 10 New alternatives in pain management: To help you heal body, mind spirit. Sandi Zampino, RN, Clinical Navigator
April 14 Tips for heart healthy exercise at home Mike Crawford, MS, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation
May 12 Heart healthy eating plan: Top 10 list (and what should be off your list) Dietitian Kate Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD
June 9 Diabetes Game: How much do you know? Post it…. Quick! Mary Beth Modic, DNP, RN, CNS, CDE
July 14 Peripheral Artery Disease Dr. Jay Bishop
August 11 Medications, Vitamins, and Supplements – What you need to know. Tina Fierro CNP
September 8 Ask the Heart Doctor Dr. Barzilai
October 13 What you need to know about: High Blood Pressure Luke Laffin, MD
November 10 Healthy meal planning: healthy tips for breakfast, lunch and dinner (& snacks) Dietitian Kate Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD
December 8 Stress Management TBD
More Information

More Information

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