Model Programs

The Weatherhead Institute helps move medicine forward by improving the health of Clevelanders and serving as a model for creating healthier communities the world over. The following initiatives are just a small sample of the more than 500 programs the institute participates in, which marry research and education with civic engagement.

FRESHLINK initiatives increase access to healthy options in urban "food deserts," via partnerships with store owners, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and others. Watch a video about the initiative. FreshLink is the core research project of the university's Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.

THE STUDENT-RUN FREE CLINIC is staffed by volunteer students from Case Western Reserve's medical and nursing schools to provide walk-in, acute care to patients at The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, with support and mentorship from their staff. Watch a video about the clinic.

THE MEDICAL EDUCATION PIPELINE PROGRAM provides health and science tutoring and mentoring to high school students, as well as a variety of internships and scholarship opportunities.

THE CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION AND TREATMENT RESEARCH INITIATIVE is a joint program through the university's medical and nursing schools that provides practical tools to children and their families to reduce instances of childhood obesity in Cleveland.

The School of Dental Medicine has a variety of community programs that provide needed dental services and education free of charge to area youth.

Case Western Reserve University

Our city, our campus

Learn how Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland are working together to create healthy neighborhoods. Read more.