More than 100 attendees gathered for a men’s health challenge at Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center on Thursday, June 1.
The event was open to all men with a focus on the unique health needs of our African American neighbors who remain at a higher risk of asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and stroke.
In an effort to tackle these health disparities, Cleveland Clinic teamed up with community partners to create a supportive space for men to access preventive screenings, vaccinations and resources to help them stay healthy.
Brotherhood was at the heart of the event, which brought together community partners, including the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland City Council, the T.J. Carrie Heart Foundation, the Urban Barber Association (TUBA) and local Black fraternities, including Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma.
In addition to clinical services, the men’s health challenge featured a cooking demo, haircuts, educational workshops on entrepreneurship and financial literacy as well as a meet-and-greet with recruiters to learn about employment opportunities at Cleveland Clinic.
“Caring for the community is a long-standing priority at Cleveland Clinic,” said Austin Kirkland, a program manager for Community Health & Partnerships at Cleveland Clinic. “The men’s health challenge is an example of how we increase access to our services and connect neighbors to opportunities through programs close to home.”
Cleveland Clinic Langston Hughes Community Health & Education Center has become a gathering place for health and wellbeing in the Fairfax neighborhood. The center focuses on free health education along with primary care services, prevention and wellness programs to help improve community health. For more information or to schedule care, call 216.361.1773.