November 8th is Election Day!
On November 8th voters will elect the next President of the United States. There also candidates for the US and Ohio Senate, US Congress and State House Representatives. This Presidential Election also features County Council candidates, judicial seats, the Ohio Supreme Court, and State School Board members. There are also important issues on the ballot. Learn more here
Tri-C Goes 100% Tobacco Free
Cuyahoga Community College has adopted a smoke free campus policy at all locations, supporting a healthier environment for all who are on campus through their Breathe Free Tri-C campaign. Read more here
October is International Walk to School Month!
Although some schools in Cleveland have been celebrating walking for years by hosting Walk to School Days, walking school buses, and walking field trips to locations like the neighborhood library, others are just getting started. However, last fall, Cleveland became the fifth city in Ohio and one of the first in the nation to launch a large school district-wide travel plan to improve walking and biking conditions for approximately 27,000 students across 69 Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) schools. Learn more here
A Matter of Balance Works to Reduce Falls and Increase Activities Among Seniors
Did you know that one-third of all Americans ages 65 and older fall each year, and that falls result in over 2.8 million injuries that are treated by emergency departments annually. Did you also know that falls prevention programs exist to help create lifestyle changes that can decrease these statistics! Read more here
Cleveland's Ward 2 Councilman shares his story in efforts to reduce stigma
The Behavioral Health Committee has released its second video in their series entitled ‘#ThereIsNoNormal’. In this short video, Councilman Zack Reed candidly responds to a series of head-on questions related to behavioral health, specifically alcoholism. In this clip you will hear Councilman Reed describe his experience, ending with a strong message of support. We are honored to share his story with you and thank him for standing up to stigma. Click here to learn more about the #ThereIsNoNormal project and to hear this inspiring interview.
What if you could save one life by sharing a documentary?
Chances are, you'd share it.
One Life, a feature-length documentary, explores root causes for Ohio's alarmingly high rates of infant mortality. And, with Ohio's black babies dying at more than twice the rate of its white babies, One Life uncovers some underlying issues that lead to worse birth outcomes for Ohio's black population.
To look at the health of our babies is to look at the health of our community. Be sure to read on and watch One Life here so that you can understand our community's problem with infant death and, in turn, become a part of the solution.
Healthy Neighborhoods Committee's animated video short seeks to engage residents around social determinants of health.
Health is about more than just healthcare. Not only is our health affected by the treatment we receive in a health clinic or doctor's office; it's also affected by our social, economic, and environmental conditions. We call these conditions social determinants of health.
But discussing social determinants of health can be complex. So our very own Healthy Neighborhoods Committee saw an opportunity to make the concepts surrounding social determinants of health easily digestible through an animated video short. View the short here!
Join in the discussion on how to make Cleveland a global leader in sustainability
Please join Sustainable Cleveland and Mayor Frank G. Jackson for the 8th Annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit. Summit attendees will include nearly 600 community and business leaders, government officials, students, representatives of our local labor forces, and residents working together to help transform Cleveland into a global sustainability leader by the year 2019. Read more here!
The Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge
The Breathe Free committee has been in action over the last few months with exciting updates to share! It all started in March when Cleveland was invited and accepted to be an innovator city in the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge. Almost simultaneously the Department of Public Health received a small award to build capacity around tobacco point of sales strategies from NACCHO. Finally, in celebration of World No Tobacco Day, May 31s 2016, the Breathe Free Committee co-hosted an tobacco exposure and infant mortality awareness raising event at the Galleria at Erieview. Learn more here!
What can we do to #CloseHealthGaps in Cleveland?
The Cleveland Department of Public Health was one of several community partners who worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Center on Society and Health on a life expectancy project. A new Greater Cleveland area life expectancy map shows that opportunities to lead a long and healthy life vary dramatically by neighborhood. If you travel less than 10 miles from Cleveland’s northeastern neighborhoods to more affluent eastern outer-ring suburbs, life expectancy can differ by as much as 12 years. The map is part of a series from the VCU Center on Society and Health and RWJF, which includes maps from several large cities in the U.S. What can we do to #CloseHealthGaps across ZIP codes? Learn more here