Creating Change in Central
In April 2015, Care Alliance and the community opened a state-of-the-art, LEED Gold Certified clinic to bring accessible, affordable, quality care to the heart of Central; add 60 new permanent health-related jobs; and multiply local redevelopment initiatives.
Impacting the Community
- In Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood, 73% of families live in poverty. The neighborhood is also extremely young – 40% of residents are children.
- At 30th and Central, our new 30,000 square foot health center will be welcoming to families and spur positive traffic and business at an intersection void of development.
- Care Alliance’s new clinics will add over 60 health professionals and support staff.
- The new facility will serve 13,000 patients annually, implementing a patient-centered medical home that integrates primary health care, dental care, and behavioral health.
Addressing Health Disparities
- The health of Central children is at-risk. The infant mortality rate is twice the city average, and the incidence of very low-weight births is 50% higher. While most children are publicly insured, there is limited access to pediatric primary care.
- Adult residents have a significantly higher rate of chronic disease – Type 2 diabetes rate is twice as high as the city average.
- Care Alliance will expand health access to address the pressing and largely unmet need of the very low income women and children, including primary care, prevention, OB/GYN and women’s health, and pediatrics services.
Leveraging Funding and Collaboration
- Care Alliance’s expansion in Central will act synergistically with two large-scale revitalization efforts: CMHA’s Choice Neighborhood Initiative and the education-based Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Initiative.
- Care Alliance was awarded a $5 million federal grant to build the Central clinic. We are raising an additional $5.5 million and leveraging New Markets Tax Credits to build and operate the health center.
- Once complete, the Central Neighborhood Clinic will deliver $6.4 million in annual community benefit to Central.
Environmental Responsibility: LEED Gold Certified – Green Building Project
Care Alliance Health Center recognizes that its commitment to the health of its community includes a sense of responsibility to the environment. Care Alliance will lead by example by investigating, developing, and promoting sustainable policies and practices with the goal of achieving sustainability throughout our organization and our community. Care Alliance also aspires to instill in our staff, volunteers, and patients a sense of stewardship towards the environment by giving them the information and support to continue sustainability efforts beyond the health center environment.
Sustainability at Care Alliance means achieving our mission with a sense of responsibility for preserving the future of our community – from the health of our patients to the wellbeing of the environment in which we all live. In June 2015, the Central Neighborhood Clinic was recognized as LEED Certified at the Gold level, making it one of few LEED Gold health care facilities in the United States.
Please click here to view our full educational case study brochure about this USGBC LEED Certified Green Building Project.
Click here for a copy of the floor plan guide that accompanies our Central Neighborhood Clinic environmental responsibility tour.