January to June's reports on violence surveillance data has been released
Thanks to the Cleveland Department of Public Health Epidemiology Team, we have ability to regularly track incidences of health and other reasons for admission to our local Emergency Rooms. The medium for collecting this data occurs throught a program called EpiCenter. The EpiCenter Violence Surveillance Report was just released for January through June of 2016. Read more here
How can we help alleviate violence in our communities?
Healthy Cleveland Violence Committee member, Vino Sundaram, recently presented youth violence data by neighborhood and political ward to a national audience at the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists annual national conference in Anchorage, Alaska. The poster presentation highlighted youth violence data, with additional information about childhood lead poisoning and child poverty. The poster was nominated for a Best Poster award at the conference. Information from the poster will be used to provide guidance and direction to the public health model approach as noted in the Cleveland Plan for the National Forum on Youth Violence. Findings of the poster showed that Goodrich-Kirtland Park and St. Clair- Superior neighborhoods had among the highest rates of youth violence indicators, according to 2013 data from the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. Political wards 1 and 7 have among the highest youth violence indicators. Read more here
*Vino is an epidemiologist with the Cleveland Department of Public Health. For more information, or a PDF version of the poster, please contact Vino Sundaram at email@example.com
Cleveland Department of Public Health welcomes Merle Gordon as new Director
In case you missed it-the Cleveland Department of Public Health welcomed Director Merle Gordon as the new Director of Public Health on June 13th, 2016. Read more here
Stay Active with Open Streets this Fall!
We know that exercising and spending time outside can keep us healthy, both mentally and physically. But it can sometimes feel like an unpleasant chore, especially if there are not convenient, safe, welcoming, and accessible places to be active. What if there were an opportunity right outside your door to meet new people, try new activities, and have fun while being healthy? Read more here
HCI Gaining Momentum...
On Monday, March 28th, the Healthy Cleveland Initiative presented before the Cleveland City Council Health and Human Services Committee to provide updates on the Initiative and the work it has accomplished. Read more here.
We're AMPing up our programming for seniors to encourage healthy aging.
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has partnered with the Cleveland Department of Aging and the National Council on Aging to launch Cleveland’s first ever Aging Mastery Program!
The Aging Mastery Program (AMP) is a nationwide program that has been offered in over 100 locations throughout the country. AMP is a free 10-week course that is offered to seniors to encourage healthy aging. In 2016, AMP will be offered to seniors throughout the city of Cleveland. Read more here.
Not the kind of ‘Spice’ you want to add to your life…
The Behavioral Health Committee of Healthy Cleveland has been delving into the scope of the K2-Spice issue in our city. K2 is a dangerous drug also known as 'spice' or 'synthetic weed'. It's typically marketed as a ‘safe’ alternative to marijuana.
It's anything but safe. Read the full article here.
Cleveland City Council Health and Human Services finds flavored tobacco restrictions in good taste...
On Monday, January 25, 2016, the Health and Human Services committee voted in favor of Ordinance 607.21, which would restrict the sales of flavored tobacco to retail tobacco outlets within Cleveland city limits.
Within our city, we see very high rates of youth flavored tobacco use. Read the full article here.
"Little Cigar Study" could yield major insights.
Case Western Reserve University is looking for volunteers to participate in a research study on little cigars. Its Department of Family Medicine is conducting the study.
CWRU is particularly interested in reaching out to young people between the ages of 14-17 who smoke little cigars, such as Black & Milds (or other similar products). Read the full article here.
The City of Cleveland's Project Dawn - an opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) program - just might save your life.
If you or a loved one are at-risk of opioid overdose, this program could be the difference between life and death. Overdosing on the common opioids of heroin, OxyContin, methadone, Percocet, and Vicodin can sometimes be reversed with the proper recognition of overdose and administration of Naloxone.
To learn more about this program and where it is offered, click here.