The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation

The American Public Health Association is hosting a series of webinars that are closely related to the work of HIP-Cuyahoga. Visit their website.

The recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, remind us that stigma, inequalities and civil rights injustices remain in our society today.* Unfortunately, skin color plays a large part in how people are viewed, valued and treated. We know that racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation. Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a summer webinar series about racism’s impact on health and disparities.

Webinar # 1 | Naming and Addressing Racism:  A Primer

Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, and Camara P. Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
July 21,  2015 | 2 p.m. EDT

This kick-off webinar featuring APHA’s executive director, president and president-elect will take a look at some of the nation’s leading health inequities. APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika will discuss how racism is one of the most challenging tools of social stratification we face when trying to improve the health of the public. She also will reflect on the evidence and research needs related to how racism limits our ability to make America the healthiest nation. APHA President-Elect Camara Jones will tell the Gardener’s Tale and present a framework for understanding racism on three levels. This framework is useful for understanding the basis for race-associated differences in health, designing effective interventions to eliminate those differences and engaging in a national conversation.

Register for Webinar #1

Media coverage and videos on CHIP release

Visit the CHIP release event page for photos, media coverage, and videos from our press event and the event itself. Enjoy!

CHIP is released!

Thanks to everyone who attended today’s events to unveil the first ever health improvement plan for Cuyahoga County. Stay tuned to see video, photos, and commentary from today’s events. Click this link to visit the CHIP page, where you can download the pdf.

Join in our Tweets about the plan and events of the day

HIP-Cuyahoga in the news


HIP-Cuyahoga press coverage from today!
Sound of Ideas feature on HIP-Cuyahoga
The Plain Dealer article about HIP-Cuyahoga  

Media Advisory

Racial inequity in health is at the center of Cuyahoga County’s



Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga) will release it’s first-ever Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) on June 11, a comprehensive report that identifies and addresses significant health priorities in Cuyahoga County.

The CHIP addresses root causes of poor health by targeting the social and economic conditions in which people live and the opportunities they have to improve their health. Core strategies are to strengthen community partnerships and develop policies that promote equal opportunities for good health, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic status.

The plan identifies four key priorities on which the HIP-Cuyahoga consortium is working to improve the health of all those who live, work, learn, and play in Cuyahoga County:

  • Examining and dismantling the barriers to healthy living created by structural racism in our county.
  • Improving how we manage chronic disease.
  • Ensuring access to healthy food and safe places to be active.
  • Encouraging collaboration between clinical care and public health organizations.


The CHIP focuses on reducing differences in health status that disproportionately impact communities of color and those living in low-income neighborhoods.  The statistical portrait of our county clearly reveals the stark inequities people experience based on their race and where they live:

  • Three times as many black babies die compared to white babies.
  • The cancer death rate is 1.5 times higher in the City of Cleveland than the national average.
  • One of four people countywide and one of two people in the City of Cleveland are living in areas that lack access to grocery stores and other sources of healthy food options.
  • Two to three times more black and Hispanic residents experience poverty compared to whites in the City of Cleveland.

The CHIP represents the culmination of several years of research, community engagement, cooperative planning, and shared decision-making.  It focuses on health inequities and promoting opportunities for countywide health improvement, using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) model created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

About HIP-Cuyahoga

HIP-Cuyahoga is a diverse and committed group of people who care about health.  The HIP-Cuyahoga Consortium includes over 100 diverse and engaged partners from all different areas of our community including community advocates, people from public health, health care, mental health, academics and education, transportation, community and social services, planning, community development, philanthropy (funders), and others.

Key partners in this countywide initiative include, but are not limited to: Better Health Partnership, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland Department of Public Health, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Environmental Health Watch, Policy Bridge, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods of Case Western Reserve University, and the Shaker Heights Health Department.  Funding partners include:  Saint Luke’s Foundation, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, George Gund Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information about HIP-Cuyahoga, please visit


Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Kickoff Event

June 11, 2015

The Ariel International Center
1163 E 40th St., Cleveland, OH 44114


Media only event

9:00 am – 9:30 am (3rd floor)


CHIP Kickoff Event

9:15 am – breakfast and registration (4th floor)
10 - 11 am - program


Media Contacts:
Kevin Brennan

Communications Officer

216-201-2001 x1108


Martha Halko

Deputy Director

216-201-2001 x1504



First ever community health improvement plan – join us!

HIP-Cuyahoga’s next event is a special one. On June 11th, we are unveiling the first ever community health improvement plan (CHIP) for Cuyahoga County! Please join us as we discuss the plan and how we are moving from planning to action.
Click here for details and registration.

Consortium event materials posted!

The HIP-Cuyahoga Consortium met on March 19th. Click here for an event summary. 

Webinar materials posted!

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to the HIP-C update webinar today. Click here for the recording and materials. 

The plan is finally here, and we need your input!

The HIP-Cuyahoga Consortium is invited to a special event!

March 19, 2015
10 am – 4 pm

Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Rd
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

HIP-Cuyahoga leadership are excited to invite the HIP-Cuyahoga Consortium to the next Event, which includes a peek at the community health improvement plan for Cuyahoga County!

Consortium members will learn about some exciting updates about HIP-C, provide strategic input on the draft health improvement plan, and learn about ways to get involved as we move from planning to action.

Click here to reserve your space at the event. Please contact Nichelle Shaw with any questions at 216-201-20015 x1506 or



Eastside Greenway public meetings

Eastside Greenway Plans to Connect 19 Greater Cleveland Communities with Bike and Pedestrian Paths

Imagine living close to a trail system that connects neighborhoods throughout the eastern portion of Cuyahoga County with employment centers, transit, services, parks and green spaces. Imagine walking or biking to school, work, the store, or a park. Imagine being able to bike from the Euclid Creek Reservation to the Shaker Median Trail, or from Rockefeller Park to the North Chagrin Reservation. Imagine the Eastside Greenway.

The Eastside Greenway  will increase pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in and between the eastern portion of Cleveland and 18 suburbs: East Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights, Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Highland Heights, Highland Hills, North Randall, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Euclid, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Bratenahl, Orange Village and Warrensville Heights. Leaders from these cities are working alongside planners and other regional organizations, like the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, LAND studio, the Cleveland Metroparks, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Bike Cleveland, to develop a plan for the greenway that can be used to guide the way to implementation.

With planning currently underway, the project team will be hosting a second round of public meetings to share project updates and solicit feedback from the community in early 2015 and you are invited. The same content will be presented at each meeting, so choose the date and location that works best for your schedule. The meeting dates are as follows:

January 28, 7-9pm: Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

January 29, 7-9pm: Beachwood Public Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood

February 2, 7-9pm: Waterloo Brew, 15335 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland

February 3, 6:30-8:30pm: University Heights Public Library, 13866 Cedar Rd, University Heights

At the meetings, a brief overview of the project will be provided as well as the results of the completed inventory and analysis. Alternative routes for the greenway network will be presented and the project team will solicit feedback on route alignments as well as route priorities from community members. This feedback will be taken into account as the plan is finalized in the first half of 2015. A third round of public meetings, in which the final greenway plan will be presented to the public, will take place in May 2015. More information on the Eastside Greenway can be found on the project’s website at

More information about Health Impact Assessment can be found here

HIP-Cuyahoga elects two new co-chairs!

Categories: General, Healthy Community
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Published on: January 8, 2015

Gregory Brown and Heidi Gullett are HIP-Cuyahoga’s newly elected leaders. Click here to read about them.  

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