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.

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HIP-Cuyahoga Fall 2018 Newsletter

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

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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.

Huge Crowd Attends Get Healthy Event at Parkwood Drive Thru

On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, HIP-Cuyahoga and the Good Food Here team held a Get Healthy Event at Parkwood Drive Thru in Glenville. DJ Haz Matt and the WZAK promotions team came out to let everyone know about the event and created two Facebook Live videos.  Vegan Vicki, a chef from Urban Sweetness made healthy veggie stir fry to share with guests. Community Health Workers from Cleveland State University provided free health screenings.  Parkwood Drive Thru offers a variety of fresh produce, dairy, and meats, and ready to eat rice bowls, baked chicken and fruit cups from Fruitalicious.

HIP-Cuyahoga radio show

Four members of the HIP-Cuyahoga team created a radio show that aired on WZAK’s Facebook Live and on NewsTalk 1490 on May 13, 2018. Greg Brown, Co-chair for HIP-Cuyahoga shared our purpose, and explained how all neighborhoods are not created equally. Michele Benko, co-chair of the Healthy Eating and Active Living Subcommittee shared what the HEAL group is up to and some recent successes. Delores Collins shared how she is involved with several HIP-Cuyahoga initiatives and plays a key role with engaging the community in the work. Lowell King shared how he has partnered with HIP-Cuyahoga so that he can bring wellness activities to FDR Academy.

 

This show aired live on WZAK 93.1FM’s Facebook page. The video is embedded here as well.

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