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Improving Health

We are taking action to improve health in Cuyahoga County, particularly in Central Neighborhood.

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The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland continues to think and act boldly when it comes to addressing health and health disparities in the Central Neighborhood of Cleveland.

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For individuals living in poverty, significant disparities remain in health status and access to health care services. These disparities are interrelated with gaps in income and education levels, adequacy of housing and other social conditions.

We focus our grantmaking to achieve targeted health outcomes in Cuyahoga County, particularly in the Central Neighborhood.

The Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) strategy seeks to address some of the root causes of poor health in the neighborhood, including challenges to accessing healthy food, engaging in physical activity and accessing economic opportunities.

Strategic Objectives

Improving childhood eating habits

Increasing access to healthy foods

Increasing access to healthy living

Advancing economic development

Seeing indications of early impact in healthy food access and community economic development, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland set out to create more opportunities for active living in the 2013-2014 grant cycle.

Unique partnerships with the national park and metro park systems have resulted in this work, along with the formal introduction of biking into the Central Neighborhood.

In looking ahead, we plan to deepen our investments and collaborations in strategies that demonstrate an impact
on root causes of poor health, continue to align our priorities with that of Central neighborhood residents and
leverage external resources to sustain the work.