A Research Focus

Community outreach programs are at the core of the Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health. So, too, is a focus on research that ensures methods are tried and tested—and best practices can be shared with fellow health care professionals in the area—and around the world—to ensure better health for all.

The Weatherhead Institute pulls together a variety of research-focused centers across the university to combine their programming capabilities and study findings, including the following.

THE SCHUBERT CENTER FOR CHILD STUDIES aims to strengthen links between child-related academic study, public policy formation and professional practice.

THE CASE CENTER FOR REDUCING HEALTH DISPARITIES works to reduce imbalances in health and health care through research, education and community partnerships.

THE PREVENTION RESEARCH CENTER FOR HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS was formed in 2009 to address chronic health issues faced in disadvantaged areas in Greater Cleveland and embarks on research partnerships with neighborhoods impacted by poverty and chronic health conditions.

THE URBAN AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER offers community-based education for health-profession students and access to health information for the public.

THE URBAN HEALTH INITIATIVE aims to improve the health of Cleveland area residents by leveraging the university's research, education and service resources.

THE CENTER FOR SCIENCE, HEALTH AND SOCIETY focuses the efforts of the university and the City of Cleveland in a collaboration to impact the areas of health and health care delivery systems through community outreach, education and health policy.

THE PBRN SHARED RESOURCE facilitates collaborations between primary-care practices, communities and academic investigators with the primary aim of generating and answering questions relevant to everyday practice.

THE MARY ANN SWETLAND CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH focuses on the environmental health problems of the Cleveland community, especially related to toxic exposures of children and their families.

Research partnerships in the community

The institute also partners with other interdisciplinary organizations engaged in community-health outreach and helps incorporate sound research methodology into programs.

BETTER HEALTH GREATER CLEVELAND is an independent health care alliance that seeks to improve care for chronic diseases—such as diabetes, heart failure and hypertension—by sharing best practices, such as its finding that physicians with electronic medical records have better patient outcomes than paper-based practices.

WE RUN THIS CITY YOUTH MARATHON PROGRAM is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the university that encourages exercise to improve physical fitness and reduce high blood pressure and obesity among Cleveland schoolchildren. University researchers help track participants' progress to better gauge effectiveness and found that the program is successful in reducing hypertension risk by 40 percent.

THE CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE COLLABORATIVE is the Cleveland-based part of a national consortium of research institutions working toward a shared goal of improved health.

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