Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio Baldwin Wallace University Population: 385,525
Project focus: Access to foods that support healthy eating patterns
Access to health services

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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 to train twelve - six Public Health students paired with six community members - as Community Health and Empowerment Navigators (CHENs) and integrate them in three host sites in order to improve the food security of the communities’ most vulnerable residents. 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.


  • Hire and train 6 OB and CF residents and 6 public health students as CHENs who will improve their knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy regarding prevalence of food insecurity and health inequities that exist in OB and their ability to effectively serve as OB CNs
  • Screen 300 low-income families and identify and enroll 150 most vulnerable to food insecurity
  • Improve access to food resources and support services, measured by resource utilization and intake of healthy food (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy) by one serving per day for at least 90 percent of the most vulnerable families
  • Improve nutritional health outcomes including BMI, blood pressure, and waist circumference as a result of using available food resources and support services referred by CHENs for at least 70 percent of the most vulnerable families
  • Establish a Community Navigators in Cleveland Neighborhoods (CNiCN) Advisory Board to oversee the pilot of the CN integration in OB and CF neighborhoods and strategize scale-out of the framework to other Cleveland neighborhoods suffering from food insecurity
  • Assess collective impact in target communities

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