Achieving Transformational Change to Improve Opportunity and Health for All

Achieving Transformational Change to Improve Opportunity and Health for All

Registration is open for the HIP-Cuyahoga Consortium Meeting

Mark your calendars and plan to join HIP-Cuyahoga in our yearly convening.
Date: November 15, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Sheet Metal Workers Hall
12515 Corporate Drive, Parma, OH 44130

Continental breakfast and lunch provided

 

Please join us for HIP-Cuyahoga’s 2018 annual Consortium Meeting! Hear from national and local leaders and join the conversation on how we can sustain our collective efforts, maximize our impact, and transform our region’s health.

Keynote Speaker: Bobby Milstein, ReTHINK Health

Bobby Milstein leads several ReThink Health projects focused on large-scale institutional change, including ongoing development of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model and other tools that allow leaders to negotiate their own scenarios for transforming regional health. Previously, Bobby spent 20 years planning and evaluating system-oriented initiatives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and was the principal architect of CDC’s framework for program evaluation. He received CDC’s Honor Award for Excellence in Innovation as well as Article of the Year awards for papers published in Health Affairs and Health Promotion Practice. Bobby earned a PhD in public health science from the Union Institute & University, and an MPH from Emory University. He once was a documentary filmmaker and also contributed storylines for The West Wing.

 

 

 

Bobby will discuss opportunities and strategies for transforming health through large-scale institutional and system change. He will underscore insights that have come from looking at how other regional multisector groups develop over time, and how it is necessary to think and act differently together to evolve into a high-functioning and transformational collaborative. Bobby will explore and open conversation about using a fuller range of financing sources to grow and sustain health improvement efforts.

Afternoon Presentations

We will hear from HIP-Cuyahoga partners on their collaborative efforts to transform environments, systems and policies to improve health:

Bike Cleveland 

Building an active transportation culture for better health

 

Northeast Ohio Alliance for HOPE (NOAH) and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Campaign for fair access to high quality supermarkets in Cuyahoga County

 

Policy Bridge and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Using an equity and structural racism lens to influence and shape the combined health assessment and health improvement planning efforts

 

Better Health Partnership and United Way of Greater Cleveland

Accountable Health Communities Project partners discuss alignment with HIP-Cuyahoga and our shared agenda for health improvement for all

Registration is now FULL!

Event supported by RWJF Special Contributions Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation

HIP-Cuyahoga awarded “REACH” grant to continue efforts to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, among African Americans in Cuyahoga County

HIP-Cuyahoga awarded “REACH” grant to continue efforts to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, among African Americans in Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County Board of Health, on behalf of HIP-Cuyahoga, was notified that they have been awarded the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. This grant award will provide $792,000 annually starting this October and run the next 5 years.

This project will help to advance work that was initiated in 2007, with significant progress made during the recent REACH grant cycle (2014-2018) in the areas of healthy eating, active living, and clinical and community linkages.  HIP-Cuyahoga hopes to improve healthy food access, physical activity and active transportation opportunities, increase breastfeeding supports, and increase the use of community and health support programs among African Americans in Cuyahoga County (see project abstract).

“This REACH award reflects the tangible ways numerous community partners are doing business differently in order to achieve our shared goal of creating community conditions where everyone can reach his or her full potential.  We are very grateful to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this funding and the recognition that a new level of unprecedented collaboration among REACH partners has occurred in Cuyahoga County.  These and other partners have worked tirelessly over the past 9 years to build relationships of mutual respect and trust in order to more effectively work together to improve health through tackling the toughest determinants of health in our county such as structural racism and poverty. The work of this long-term partnership enabled creation of the current scope of work aimed at preventing chronic disease through a multi-sector, five-year collaborative effort.  This partnership truly reflects the very best of what we can achieve when we work across boundaries to address the most intractable determinants of health in our community.  Through this REACH funding, we look forward to authentically engaging people throughout our community in creating sustainable change for the long-term.” –  Heidi Gullett, HIP-Cuyahoga Co-Chair.

Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga) understands that neighborhoods and communities are not all created equal, and some people are born and live in places where it is difficult to grow up healthy. The conditions in which people live, and the opportunities they have, form the foundation for health and without them, people are more likely to live shorter, sicker lives. The racial disparities in chronic disease health outcomes in our community are the result of historical and contemporary injustices linked to structural racism.

Funded partners for this grant include:

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health, A Vision of Change, Better Health Partnership, Bike Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University (the Center for Community Health Integration and the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods), Cleveland State University School of Nursing, Fairhill Partners, Kent Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Neighborhood Family Practice, United Way and the YMCA of Greater Cleveland.

About HIP-Cuyahoga

Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga) is a multi-sector, equity-grounded collective impact community consortium. HIP-Cuyahoga’s vision is for our county to be a place where all residents live, work, learn, and play in healthy, sustainable, and prosperous communities. The HIP-Cuyahoga mission is to inspire, influence, and advance policy, environmental and lifestyle changes that foster health and wellness for everyone, through 4 key approaches: perspective transformation, collective impact, community engagement, and health and equity in all policy (see HIP-Cuyahoga brochure).

 

Grand Opening for Simon’s Buckeye October 6th!

Simon’s Supermarket in Buckeye had their “soft opening” a couple weeks ago and are now open for business!  Stop by for the Grand Opening, taking place on Saturday, October 6th from 12 – 3 pm at 11501 Buckeye Rd.

This store was implemented through a strong partnership from community residents, city leaders, health departments and  local organizations. Community organizing and resident feedback was a key component to the success of this store opening. Over the past year, hundreds of Buckeye/Cleveland residents organized forums, walk throughs and even a job fair to make sure that store ownership hears the community’s priorities.

Residents democratically developed expectations related to quality, safety, service and local hiring and worked with store ownership to implement them.

Some expectations from resident feedback sessions:

High quality, fresh food, priced affordably

A safe place that is well-lit, and has security

A clean, sanitary store

Friendly and professional employees

Convenient hours and adequate check out lanes

Accessibility features for people with disabilities

 

 

 

 

The City of Cleveland provided $1 million in funding support (mostly grants) and the Healthy Food for Ohio Program provided almost $1 million in loans.  Without this support, the project would not have been possible.

The store is 55,000+ square feet and will employ 80+ workers.  This store occupies the site of the Giant Eagle that closed in February 2017.  Strong resident organizing following the store closure created urgency for this project.

Campaign for Quality Supermarkets

Join the effort to ensure that all neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County have access to high quality food.

Click to sign on

HIP-Cuyahoga Fall 2018 Newsletter

We are pleased to introduce the HIP-Cuyahoga fall 2018 newsletter.

(click on image to download)

In this issue you will find:

Partner Highlight: University Hospitals
University Hospitals Approaches Community Health Improvement through a Health Equity Lens.

Community Champion Spotlight
HIP-Cuyahoga community health ambassadors lead the resident engagement work as we strive to be community led.

Subcommittee Updates 
The four subcommittees, Chronic Disease Management,
Eliminating Structural Racism, Linking Clinical and Public Health and Healthy Eating and Active Living have been busy throughout the past year.

Perspective Transformation Capacity Building
HIP-Cuyahoga co-chair, Greg Brown shares insights into one of our key approaches.

Campaign for Quality Supermarkets

The Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope (NOAH) is organizing to implement high quality supermarkets in our neighborhoods and needs your help.

We ask for the cooperation of Cuyahoga County to allocate resources to support the implementation of high quality supermarkets and Community Benefits Agreements that seek to promote cooperation and accountability among residents, storeowners and local government.

We believe that the public sector has a responsibility to address disparate access to high quality supermarkets in our county. This petition represents the support of everyday Cuyahoga County residents who believe that fair access to supermarkets is a pressing need in our neighborhoods.

To build opportunities for everyone to have a fair chance to be healthy, we urge Cuyahoga County to support improved access to high quality supermarkets in under-resourced communities.

Residents in East Cleveland and other under-resourced communities are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases and live shorter lives compared to residents in the rest of the county.

High quality supermarkets provide jobs, an increased tax base, healthy and affordable food and attract and stabilize other local businesses. We believe that improved access to high quality supermarkets should be a strategic priority for Cuyahoga County Leadership.

There are recent successful examples in the City of Euclid and in the Buckeye Neighborhood in Cleveland of community-based supermarket implementation projects. Collaboration among local and county government and strong resident participation were integral to providing high quality, stable supermarket access for neighborhoods that previously did not exist.

We ask that Cuyahoga County considers the importance of building wealth within communities most affected by supermarket access issues.

Strategies may include the prioritization of funding for storeowners who live in or reflect the communities that they serve, or who are committed to providing meaningful community benefits such as hiring local, providing community meeting space or budget transparency.

Click here to sign the petition

Ro Digga and Haz Matt help show how HIP-Cuyahoga is creating a healthy opportunities for all

HIP-Cuyahoga successfully coordinated the collection of personal care products, and then the distribution at the Food Pantry and Care Pack Drive on Saturday, August 18th at Philemon Community Baptist Church in East Cleveland. Two local radio stations, WZAK 93.1 FM and Z107.9 FM helped promote the event and let community members know to come out and receive a helping hand. DJ Haz Matt from WZAK made announcements live on the radio from the event, and Ro Digga from Z1079 interviewed several of the coordinators of the event on Facebook Live.  The event was truly inspiring. Over 300 families received fresh, healthy food including produce, lean meats, bread and packs of personal care items. Partners who supported this event by collecting donated items from employees and/or the community include Hanson Services, The Cleveland Institute for Community Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, The Case Western Reserve University Comprehensive Cancer Care Center, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Two local retailers, Discount Drug Mart and the Dollar General of Bedford generously contributed multiple shopping cart loads of hygiene and health products from their shelves as well. Helping Hands, a service organization based at Philemon, runs food pantries, community meals, clothing drives and other projects to help neighbors in need.  Anjenette Whitted, who organized all of the volunteers and runs Helping Hands, led us through a seamless event. Cars lined up down the street, and drove through two lines of volunteers ready to load their car. In all, the day filled the hearts of recipients and volunteers with a sense of community and support.

“I help because I can. You never know when you are the one who is going to need a helping hand” ~ Anjenette Whitted.

We Need Your Help! HIP-Cuyahoga Care Pack Drive for Neighbors in Need

HIP-Cuyahoga is partnering with Philemon Community Baptist Church to help neighbors in need.  We are encouraging all of the partners in the HIP-Cuyahoga network to help collect personal care and hygiene products to be given along with the fresh food pantry bags. Items will be collected from host sites and then assembled into care packs on August 17th. On August 18th, volunteers and 93.1 WZAK will be distributing fresh food and the care packs to neighbors in need. Thanks to members of Helping Hands Development Corporation, Creating Greater Destinies, A Vision of Change, and other local organizations for taking the lead on this effort!

Interested in being a collection site?

Please click here to sign up.

 Collection Site Sign Up

Interested in volunteering during August 17 or 18th?

Click here to sign up to help out.

Volunteer

 

Current Collection Sites – THANK YOU Partners!!

Radio One Cleveland 

6555 Carnegie Ave,

Cleveland, OH 44103

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

5550 Venture Drive

Parma, OH 44130

BioEnterPrise Building

(location of the PRCHN)

10000 Cedar, Cleveland, OH 44106

 

Hanson Services

17017 Madison Ave

Lakewood, OH 44107

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval, Cleveland, OH 44106

Employee site only

Cleveland Institute of Community Health

located at Shore Cultural Center

221 E. 222st St.

Euclid, OH 44123

 Office of Cancer Disparities Research, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

2103 Cornell Road WRB 3-528

Cleveland, OH 44106

 Ritz Carlton Cleveland

1515 West Third Street

Cleveland, OH 44113

   

 

Cuyahoga County supermarket work receives national recognition

CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH RECEIVES 2018 NACCHO MODEL PRACTICE AWARD
CCBH is one of 29 health departments nationwide to be honored for excellence
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health was presented with the 2018 Model Practice Award by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) at its annual conference in July. The award recognizes local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable practices in response to a critical local public health need.
CCBH’s award-winning program, “Implementing High Quality Supermarkets Through Community Organizing and Public Health,” highlights the power of coalition building and resident participation as ways to address unjust access and supermarket quality. The program also focuses on associated issues such as community-based collaboration, employment, and resident quality of life.
OVERVIEW CCBH organized a coalition with the intent of developing a high-quality supermarket in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Euclid, an area with low access to grocery items. The supermarket implementation process was unique as it involved direct participation from nearly 600 local residents. The group offered feedback and oversight in order to ensure food quality standards, to establish and maintain relevance to the neighborhood, and to build trust and accountability with the store owner.
$650,000 was secured by CCBH from a state funding source and the City of Euclid provided $125,000 from its storefront renovation program, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The supermarket now employs 45 workers and sales of fresh produce have exceeded $400,000 in the first ten months of operation.

Click here to read the submission

New Zealand Health Delegation Visit Offers Unique Opportunity to Share Efforts to Achieve Equity

On June 19, seven members of a New Zealand health delegation met with several HIP-Cuyahoga Steering Committee members at a meeting hosted by The Center for Health Affairs. The New Zealand health delegation had learned about HIP-Cuyahoga’s collective efforts to improve health and achieve equity and wanted to learn more about specific strategies used and lessons learned during their visit to several cities in the United States. The meeting offered a unique opportunity to share work done to achieve equity on different sides of the globe.

The New Zealand health executives serve the Māori population, which is the indigenous population in New Zealand. While the Māori population comprises 15 percent of New Zealand’s population, they face many health challenges and have life-expectancy rates which lag those of the majority population. Colonization and disinvestment in the Māori population were cited as reasons for the unequal health outcomes many Māori people experience compared to other ethnic groups in New Zealand.

Highlights of the New Zealand health delegation’s work include efforts to eliminate health disparities for the Māori population, with a particular focus on decreasing rates of chronic disease, smoking cessation, increasing preventive efforts, and increasing the recruitment of Māori people into the healthcare profession. The health delegation shared three things they have learned in their work serving the Māori population:

  • Be deliberate and intentional.
  • Value Māori intelligence.
  • Be champions and be the change you want to be.

Greg Brown and Dr. Heidi Gullett, HIP-Cuyahoga co-chairs, shared background information on HIP-Cuyahoga including how it was formed, the current infrastructure, and the types of organizations and individuals actively participating in the consortium. They shared data showing health disparities in Cuyahoga County, explained why a collective impact approach is used, and described how an equity lens guides efforts to address HIP-Cuyahoga’s four key priority areas:

  • Eliminate structural racism.
  • Healthy eating and active living.
  • Linking clinical and public health.
  • Chronic disease management.

The New Zealand health delegation and members of HIP-Cuyahoga’s Steering Committee noted the many parallels, in terms of health outcomes, experienced by indigenous populations in New Zealand and people of color in Cuyahoga County. While the populations served are different and the historical narrative is not identical, the New Zealand health executives’ intentional efforts to address and eliminate racism are parallel to HIP-Cuyahoga’s efforts to eliminate structural racism.

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