The Mayor’s Office of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults and the Division of Recreation are partnering with the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) to provide City of Cleveland residents access to clinical services at the City’s Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Centers (NRRCs).
As a part of the CDPH’s efforts to increase healthcare accessibility and improve health outcomes for Cleveland residents, the department is in the process of acquiring two (2) mobile healthcare clinics. The mobile health clinics will provide free clinical care services- such as wellness checks, health screenings, chronic disease management, reproductive health services, immunizations, mental health/substance abuse services, narcan distribution, child lead testing and more at the City’s NRRCs.
The mobile healthcare teams will work in collaboration with each NRRC’s assigned Social Support Service Specialist (social worker/counselor) to provide Cleveland residents both free clinical and social support services. Legislation to purchase the mobile clinics will be introduced to Cleveland City Council on November 29, 2021.
These services will be an expansion of the City of Cleveland’s transformation of its 22 recreation centers into the current trauma-informed NRRCs. This is a key part of Mayor Frank Jackson’s comprehensive plan to address the root causes of violence and reverse the impact that violence and trauma have on our youth, their families and our communities. The root causes of violence are notably linked to social determinants of health and the conditions where people live, learn, work and play. These aspects shape our youth’s opportunities to thrive and achieve their full potential.
Improving health outcomes and addressing challenges linked to social determinants of health for our most disadvantaged populations are essential steps in creating safe and prosperous communities. By transforming the centers into trauma-informed NRRCs, the City is able to provide equitable access to important resources and services that promote healing, build resilience and provide our residents the tools necessary to live quality lives.
The mobile health clinics help will provide equitable access to quality services that will address social determinants of health, improve health outcomes, promote wellness and improve the quality of life for Cleveland residents.