Living & Serving in Cleveland

The People We Serve 

PA students in their didactic year, led by CWRU Assistant Professor Jereme Mellenthin, work with our community partners to serve diverse populations as part of their curriculum. During their time in the PA program, students are required to complete service in order to engage with and serve our community. This service totals to 25 hours of service during a student's time in the program and is connected to a variety of Cleveland organizations, including our affiliates. Students perform health screenings, provide health education for adults, perform literacy screenings for community members, teach students about nutrition and oral health, and screen students for lead and vision problems. For example, by building relationships with individuals in homeless shelters students practice compassion and empathy while learning what drives decisions around health and healthcare in marginalized populations.  Students also see the impact many social determinants of health have on health, well-being, and quality of life for children in Cleveland Metropolitan School District. CWRU PA students are proud to get to know and serve the surrounding Cleveland community.  We are making an impact at the following locations:  

Coit Road Farmers' Market
Salvation Army-East Cleveland
Our Savior Food Bank
Salvation Army - Zelma George Family Shelter
St. Herman House Shelter
2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter
Seeds of Literacy at MetroHealth Buckeye Health Center
Various Cleveland Municipal School District schools
Bright Beginnings/Cuyahoga County Public Libraries

For more information on current service projects available to our PA students, click here


The Places We Live & Play

University Circle, home to Case Western Reserve University, is an intellectual, scientific, cultural, and health care district.  The concentration of institutions within its one-square-mile, park-like setting is unsurpassed in the world. Meet a few of our neighbors.

Cleveland Heights

Our nearest suburban neighbor, Cleveland Heights boasts beautiful homes, excellent student housing options, great food, and 135 acres of park land.  Many students, staff, and faculty live here.  The RTA services this area with easy bus rides. 

Coventry in a small neighborhood in Cleveland Heights that offers an eclectic assortment of stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. It's a favorite place for students to hang-out.

Shaker Heights

An easy 10 minute bus or car ride away sits Shaker Heights, a thriving community noted for its Georgian style architecture, sidewalk cafes, and unique gift shops.  The RTA train and bus services run through Shaker Heights.  This is a popular home for many students, staff, and faculty.

Located just a couple miles from CWRU, The Shaker Lakes are a system of parklands through which the Doan Brook runs. The Shaker Lakes Park is a natural and semi-wild area located at the intersection of three municipalities; Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, and Cleveland. It includes two lakes created by the Shakers when they dammed Doan Brook to power their industries. The swamp and woodland areas constitute a small wilderness in the heart of the heaviest concentration of population in Ohio, making it readily available for study and recreation. It has a number of beautiful trails and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. It is available to people the public on a day-to-day, year-round basis for walking, photography, painting, nature study, rest and quiet recreation.

Little Italy

Nestled right behind the University Hospitals Main Campus, Little Italy has been home to Cleveland's thriving Italian-American population since the 1920's. It is also home to many quaint restaurants, bakeries and over 30 galleries.


Located about five miles west of campus on the shores of Lake Erie, downtown Cleveland offers nightlife, shopping, restaurants, the IndiansBrownsCavsPlayhouse Square(theater, opera, dance), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Great Lakes Science Center.

The Warehouse District  on the west side of downtown has upscale bars and clubs, fine dining, milling crowds, outdoor concerts, and comedy clubs; it's the place for nightlife in Cleveland, right in the shadow of downtown.


Tremont, located just south of downtown Cleveland, is one of the city's oldest and most historic neighborhoods. Tremont is known for its numerous, hip and trendy restaurants in addition to monthly art walk

University Housing offers some resources for apartment or house hunting.  See them here

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