Cleveland, Ohio

Population: 385,525
Project focus: Access to foods that support healthy eating patterns
Access to health services

Baldwin Wallace University, along with Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, MetroHealth System and Cleveland Department of Public Health, is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to increase their community’s voice and engagement to advocate for health equity. The work of local residents will be key to bringing the innovative strategy proposed by this project to life!

This project seeks to employ community members as Community Navigators to target food insecurity and health needs in Cleveland neighborhoods with low income levels. These navigators will be trained to screen families for food insecurity and connect them to supportive services. They will also offer ongoing guidance and referrals to these families, developing long-lasting partnerships with members of their local jurisdiction and beyond. The team also plans to establish an advisory board to oversee the Community Navigator program’s implementation and expansion.