The Department of Community Outreach

The Community Outreach Department was established in 1998 to promote health and wellness in the communities we serve. The department is funded by University Hospitals St. John Medical Center, grant support, proceeds from Hospital Auxiliary donations, The Westside Health Organization (WHO), Celebrate Westlake and private donors.

Programs are based on community need as noted on the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

The following services can be provided in community centers, schools, senior centers, churches and for other community groups by request.

Health Screenings

  • Cholesterol
  • Glucose
  • Blood pressures/heart rate
  • Balance (with Rehabilitation Services)
  • Concussion (with Rehabilitation Services)
  • Posture and flexibility (with Rehabilitation Services)
  • Body mass index (with Nutritional Services department)

Health Classes

  • AHA Heart Saver CPR
  • AHA Heart Saver First Aid
  • Germ Prevention and Handwashing (class for elementary school children)

Additional Health Fair Activities

Interactive Healthy & Safety Displays tailored for school-aged children for their health and safety concerns (i.e. exercise with hula hoops, jump ropes, risky behaviors: tattoos, smoking, drinking and drugs, etc.)

Health Talks

We offer round table discussions with a panel of health experts discussing current health topics. Also, other community education events are provided. Several of these talks are listed in our Health Event Calendars by topic (i.e. cardiovascular, diabetes, stroke, etc.)

Support Groups

We facilitate and/or host dozens of health related support groups (i.e. Breastfeeding, Breast Cancer, Bereavement, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Caregivers Support Group, Respiratory and Lung Support, Gamblers Anonymous, Overeater’s Anonymous).

Walk for Wellness!

In a collaborative effort, Great Northern Mall and UH St. John Medical Center are providing an ongoing mall walking program. A free health talk by a UH St. John Medical Center health care professional is offered, along with blood pressure screenings by a Community Outreach nurse.

Bring It On!

A Six Week Senior Walking and Wellness Challenge

Continuing Education Units

We partner with local non-profit health care facilities and organizations to provide free CE opportunities for health professionals. View events.

Health Care Access

Our social worker assists the uninsured and underinsured with their health care challenges by linking them with appropriate resources including but not limited to prescription assistance programs.

Low Cost Immunization Clinic

We provide space for the weekly Cuyahoga County Board of Health Low Cost Immunization Clinic, on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This is by appointment only by calling 216-201-2041.

LifeShare Blood Donations

We arrange blood drives in partnership with LifeShare Community Blood Services. For more Information visit

This Department works in tandem with community groups and organizations, local schools, senior centers and assisted living facilities. Demographically, our program extends throughout western Cuyahoga and eastern Lorain counties.

The Department of Community Outreach


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