Strategic initiatives have included:
ChildSight® in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
ChildSight® provides free vision screenings and free quality eyeglasses, as needed, to all 12,000 middle school students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, as well as students in the East Cleveland Public Schools. With puberty comes changes in eyesight, and urban children do not get to the eye doctor on a routine basis. Kids who can't see the blackboard can't learn. ChildSight® provides these services on-site, in-school. In 2011, ChildSight® expanded to serve students at the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland.
The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation Scholars Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation Scholars Program has assisted the Case School of Medicine attract young, highly promising research stars in order to build its basic science departments. The Foundation's initial $5.5 million investments in the first twelve Scholars leveraged more than $12 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health. An additional grant of $2 million, approved in 2011, will recruit an additional six Mt. Sinai Scholars to Case.
The Monarch School at Bellefaire
Established in 2001, The Monarch School at Bellefaire is Northeast Ohio's first school for children in the autism spectrum. The School is at capacity and has developed a teaching and research affiliation with Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. With help from the Foundation, the Monarch Boarding Academy, a residential facility for children with autism spectrum disorders was established in 2004. Monarch Hall, an assisted living facility for young adults with autism spectrum disorder, opened in 2010 with grant support from the Foundation.
The Case/Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center, a collaboration among Case School of Medicine and Cleveland's academic medical centers.
The Case/Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center is the result of a multi-million dollar grant by the Foundation to Case School of Medicine. Designed as an interdisciplinary center to improve clinical competency of physicians and other health professionals, the Center is a major tool in efforts to improve patient safety. The Center is a collaboration among Case, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio, based in Columbus, was established in 2003 by health-focused grantmaking foundations from around the state to inform state health policy and to ensure that decisions on health program spending in Ohio are research-based and data driven.
Senior Transportation Connection of Cuyahoga County
The Foundation has been an advocate and funder of efforts to launch a countywide system of senior transportation and to inform federal policymakers on the importance of transportation to a senior's ability to remain at home in the community and deter institutionalization for as long as possible. Led by the County Planning Commission, and with additional funding assistance from United Way and other grantmakers, the Senior Transportation Connection of Cuyahoga County provides a system that is safe, efficient, affordable and sustainable to serve the transportation needs of seniors countywide.