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

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Supermarket closures will expand food deserts

Supermarket chain Giant Eagle announced that they will be closing two Cleveland stores within the next two months. Area residents and local officials were surprised by the news, since the stores are cornerstones in their respective neighborhoods, providing healthy food access, banking and pharmacy services along with 120 local jobs. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson wrote a letter asking Giant Eagle why the stores will be closed, and he, along with patrons and local community organizations await their response. Cleveland City Council passed a resolution on January 11th, urging the store chain to keep these two stores open. Cleveland residents showed their discontent for the west side store’s closure this past Saturday, with a protest supported by Cleveland City Councilmembers Brian Kazy and Zack Reid and Cuyahoga Council representative Dale Miller.

HIP-Cuyahoga has worked for years to raise awareness about how healthy food access is not equally distributed across Cuyahoga County. Half of the people in Cleveland live farther than a half mile from a grocery store. Additionally, more than 60% of Cleveland residents living in a food desert are people of color. The closure of the two Giant Eagle Supermarkets will only make the situation worse for these two urban core neighborhoods.

The Buckeye-Shaker SquareDevelopment Corporation is costing a community forum at their location – 11802 Buckeye Rd. in Cleveland on the subject of the closure of the two stores on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 5:30-7:00 pm.

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Public Comment to NEJM: Addressing structural racism is key community health priority in Cleveland

On October 12, 2016, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article in their “perspective” section titled: Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives — The Role of Health Professionals. This international publication is widely respected among physicians, boasting the largest paid circulation among medical journals with over 200,000 paid subscribers and more than 300,000 online readers. The writers explain that while most physicians are not explicitly racist, they operate in an inherently racist system.  This article has three main points:

  1. Our historical notions about race have shaped our scientific research and clinical practice.
  2. Physicians need to understand how racism has shaped our narrative about disparities.
  3. We need to  define and name racism in health care and health services research.

The New England Journal of Medicine is currently accepting public comment for this article. So far, 16 people have submitted comments (click on Comments on the article page) HIP-Cuyahoga co-chair and physician Dr. Heidi Gullett submitted a public comment on behalf of HIP-Cuyahoga: Addressing structural racism is key community health priority in Cleveland. Her comment:

“This thoughtful piece elevates the growing national narrative identifying structural racism as a powerful determinant of health and represents profound progress for communities across the country, including ours. In Cleveland, our community has experienced race-related trauma resulting in the premature deaths of many young people of color, covered nationally in the Tamir Rice tragedy. Our community also suffers from inequities in health outcomes such as life expectancy and infant mortality. These inequities are a direct result of structural racism stemming from practices such as redlining. It is imperative that we act on our collective responsibility to understand and overcome the roots of these inequities.

We believe that addressing structural racism will result in perspective transformation that catalyzes collective action thereby creating opportunities for everyone to achieve their full potential. Through the Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga, an equity-centered movement, we are tackling structural racism. We must honor our interdependence by recognizing the past and intentionally seeking to transform oppressive systems and structures for a healthier collective future.”


Cleveland Teens Fresh Camp remind us about lead poisoning with ‘Forgotten Homes’ video.

“Forgotten Homes” was composed and written by five area teens who are interns with Fresh Camp, an initiative that amplifies youth voices. The song was made after the interns — Cris Huff, Mecca Primm, Charles Spooney, Derrick Washington and Maurice Philpott Jr. — researched lead poisoning in Cleveland and the historical and racial factors that have allowed it to harm the futures of thousands of children in Cleveland. The song is one from a soon-to-be released CD titled “Drop the Lead” that explored the connections between two problems — gun violence and lead poisoning.

Rachel Dissell from the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote about the lead poisoning crisis and this video project.