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).

 

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

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

Supermarket Strategy and Policy Coalition Meeting Announcement

You are Invited to the Supermarket Strategy and Policy Coalition Meeting

Tuesday December 5th
10:30am-12:00pm
East Cleveland Public Library – Lower Auditorium

14101 Euclid Ave.
East Cleveland, OH 44112

The purpose of the Supermarket Coalition is to organize and align residents, storeowners, local/regional governments and funders to implement and stabilize high quality supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County.  At the meeting we will cover:

1) Active supermarket projects in Cuyahoga County including: Euclid, Bedford, Cleveland
2) Community organizing strategies to prioritize resident feedback regarding store implementation. How can we support?
3) Policies to support high quality supermarket implementation + stabilization. Funding and accountability measures such as “clawbacks” to promote good actor supermarkets (local hiring, resident feedback requirements, local entrepreneurship opportunities, living wages, time commitments, produce commitments etc.)

The Supermarket Coalition is part of HIP-Cuyahoga‘s Healthy Eating and Active Living Subcommittee.  More information about Supermarket Access in Cuyahoga County can be found at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s website HERE.

Contact and to RSVP: Roger Sikes at 216-903-3283 or rsikes@ccbh.net

Simon’s Supermarket Grand Opening

Grand Opening of Full Service Supermarket in Euclid, OH

Saturday, February 4, 2017
12:00 pm
Simon’s Supermarket
25831 Euclid Avenue, Euclid, OH 44132

Over Super Bowl weekend, residents are invited to enjoy free food, fellowship, giveaways and a raffle to celebrate the Grand Opening of Simon’s Supermarket in Euclid.

The opening of the new Simon’s Supermarket is the result of a collaboration that took place among Euclid residents, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Creating Healthy Communities Program, the City of Euclid, and the Healthy Food for Ohio (HFFO) Program.  Funding for the development of the store includes $650,000 in flexible capital from HFFO and $125,000 from the City of Euclid’s HUD-funded Storefront Renovation Program.

Simon’s Supermarket will employ 60 local residents and offers high quality, affordable groceries in a Euclid neighborhood known as a food desert. The surrounding neighborhood was considered a food desert area characterized by higher rates of poverty and reduced access to full-service supermarkets. The presence of Simon’s Supermarket helps to address these important public health issues.

Neighborhood supermarkets are critically important to the creation of healthy communities as well as the development of local job opportunities.  This project addresses both of those issues while also serving as an example of what can be accomplished through community based coalition building and collective investment.

Click here to read a success story about Simon’s Supermarket

 

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