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Health of the Urban Community

Supporting Greater Cleveland’s most vulnerable

In the tradition of The Mt. Sinai Medical Center, the Foundation is committed to improving the health of Greater Cleveland's most vulnerable individuals and families. To achieve impact in this area, scale is a significant factor.

The Foundation seeks to support especially those projects focusing on health promotion and disease prevention that have the potential to access large populations through existing community infrastructure. To optimize impact in large populations, partnering with both public and private funding sources may be appropriate and necessary.
Of particular interest are proposals focusing on primary prevention and early intervention.
Impact at a glance.
Nurse Family Partnership

Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based nurse home-visiting program that shows significant improvements in the health and lives of participating first-time moms and children affected by social and economic stressors. The NFP model connects specially trained nurses with moms early in their pregnancy through the child’s second birthday. In 2016, Mt. Sinai approached the MetroHealth System to operate the program in Cleveland and has since played a critical role in attracting federal funds to support NFP into the future.  Twenty nurses support a caseload of some 400 first-time moms-to-be on an ongoing basis.

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Senior Transportation Connection

The Foundation has convened and funded efforts to launch a countywide system of senior transportation and to inform policymakers on the importance of transportation to a senior’s ability to remain living independently at home. Led by the County Planning Commission, and with additional funding from United Way and other grantmakers, Senior Transportation Connection (STC) was incorporated in February 2005 to provide safe, comprehensive, coordinated, efficient and affordable transportation to seniors in Cuyahoga County. STC has provided more than  1,000,000 trips, the majority of which are health care-related, to senior and disabled adults.

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MedWorks provides a collaborative point-of-entry into the health care system for every patient in need of quality health care and access to permanent medical homes in Northeast Ohio. The Foundation has supported MedWorks since its inception in 2009, helping uninsured and underinsured individuals obtain preventive care, address chronic health issues, and improve their health status by connecting them to stable, ongoing care.  These services are provided through medical, dental, and vision clinics staffed by hundreds of MedWorks’ volunteer medical providers that offer free, unconditional care with no questions asked.

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First Year Cleveland

Operating with the vision that every baby born in Cuyahoga County will celebrate a first birthday, First Year Cleveland mobilizes the community through public-private partnerships and a unified strategy to reduce infant deaths. FYC was launched in December of 2015 when thirteen Cuyahoga County civic leaders, including Mitchell Balk of the Foundation, signed a charter to establish a collaborative committed to this mission. FYC focuses primarily on improving outcomes for Black women and families who are disproportionately burdened by infant mortality.

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YWCA Greater Cleveland

For over 150 years, the YWCA of Greater Cleveland has been serving individuals, families, and children who have suffered trauma and homelessness. The YWCA’s Therapeutic Preschool nurtures children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences at the most dire moments of their lives. The Mt. Sinai Health Foundation supports the YWCA’s efforts, which align with the Foundation’s inherent belief in preventive measures leading to healthier futures for children, as they move through all stages of their life.

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