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The Healthly & Active Living (HEAL) Initiative

For more information, please contact:
Vedette Gavin,MPH
Saint Luke's Community Health Fellow

The Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL) initiative is a community partnership working to make healthy eating and active living a part of the culture and everyday living in the Buckeye, Larchmere and Woodland Hills neighborhoods. Together families, friends, community groups, neighborhood organizations and local businesses are working to transform our neighborhood into a place that supports healthy living - where options for healthy food and exercise are widely available, affordable, accessible and desirable.

The HEAL Buckeye, Larchmere & Woodland Hills initiative is made possible by the Saint Luke's Foundation in partnership with the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities. Guided by an Advisory Council of community stakeholders - residents, community organizations and other neighborhood stakeholders - the HEAL initiative focuses on building strategies for and by the community in 6 areas:

  • Affordable, accessible healthy food
  • Opportunities for exercise that build relationships
  • Opportunities to learn and practice healthy living skills
  • Communication and awareness about healthy living
  • Intra- and inter- connected communities
  • Healthy and safe community gathering spaces/HUBS
Healthy Eating & Active Living Advisory Council Members:
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cleveland – Ron Soeder
  • Buckeye Area Development Corporation – John Hopkins
  • Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities – Ash Sehgal Ph.D, Eileen Seeholzer MD MS, Janeen Leòn MS RD LD, Michele Abraham MSSA LSW, Mary Ellen Lawless RN
  • Case Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods – Elaine Borawski Ph.D, Tanisha Tate MPH
  • Cleveland City Planning – Fred Collier, Marka Fields
  • Cleveland Department of Public Health – Director Karen Butler, Kimalon Meriwether
  • Cleveland Public Library, Rice Branch – Ali Boyd
  • Community Advisors – Marka Fields, Kimalon Meriwether, Monica Dumas, Gloria Moose, Lynne Alfred, Stephanie Fallcreek, Kimberly Fields, DeAngelo Knuckles, Tearra Smith, BerRonica Steel, Tamika Herndon
  • Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority – Jeffrey Patterson, BerRonica Steele
  • Green Dots, Sustainable Cleveland 2020 – DeAngelo Knuckles, Kevin Kay
  • Fairhill Partners – Stephanie Fallcreek Ph.D
  • Larchmere Merchant’s Association – Lynne Alfred
  • Larchmere Community Association – Gloria Moose, Lynne Alfred, DeAngelo Knuckles, Kevin Kay
  • MetroHealth – Kathy Plummer, Robert Needlman MD, J. Daryl Thornton MD
  • Mt. Carmel Block Club – Tearra Smith, DeAngelo Knuckles
  • Neighborhood Leadership Institute – Kevin Kay
  • Neighborhood Progress Inc. – Joyce Rhyan
  • Saint Luke’s Foundation – Sandra Byrd-Chappelle, Kimberly Saint-John Stevenson, Kimberly Fields
  • Shaker Area Development Corporation – Pamela George-Merrill
  • YMCA of Greater Cleveland – Malik Wayne-Moorehe
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