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METROHEALTH CLINIC MAKES CARE ACCESSIBLE TO CMHA RESIDENTS

 METROHEALTH CLINIC MAKES CARE ACCESSIBLE TO CMHA RESIDENTS
 CMHA public housing residents will be the honored guests at an open house celebrating the opening of a health clinic staffed by the MetroHealth Clement Center for Family Care on site at Outhwaite Homes.
 WHERE: 4501 Outhwaite Ave., Cleveland
 WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m., July 10. Dignitary remarks at 3:45 p.m.
 WHO: Among the speakers will be U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, D-21;
 Daisy Alford, city of Cleveland health director; Cleveland
 councilman Frank Jackson, D-5; Ronnie Davis, CMHA chief
 operating officer; and Henry D. Ziegler, M.D., director of
 the MetroHealth Clement Center.
 Refreshments will be served, and music, balloons and entertainment provided. Residents will be invited to tour the new clinic, which was established with a first-year, $468,000 grant from the U.S. Public Health Service.
 A primary care team from MetroHealth Clement Center -- including a physician, two nurses, medical team assistant, nurse midwife and pediatric nurse practitioner -- operates out of the clinic, offering immunizations, physical exams, pregnancy care, family planning, laboratory services, referrals and other medical services to children and adults who live in CMHA units.
 "We are very pleased to be working in partnership with MetroHealth Clement Center and others in helping to improve the lives and health of CMHA residents," said Claire E. Freeman, CMHA chief executive officer. "Outhwaite and other CMHA estates are under major modernization initiatives, but it takes more than bricks and mortar to build a nurturing environment in which to raise a family."
 Services at the Health Care for Residents of Public Housing clinic are free to those with incomes no more than 185 percent above the poverty line. Residents with higher incomes are charged a fee based on ability to pay.
 "For people who lack access to health care and the resources to obtain it, it is not the highest priority," said Ziegler, whose Clement Center is The MetroHealth System's neighborhood-based outpatient facility. "In that case, it makes sense for us to bring the care to them. We're tying health care and housing together, and developing a climate in which people can prosper."
 The Outhwaite clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Residents are urged to call 216-391-7600 for an appointment; walk-ins are served.
 Many local partners have signed on in this quest to improve health and reduce excess deaths among Cleveland's minority population. The Federation for Community Planning administers the three-year federal grant. FOCUS and Just Chillin', programs of the Cleveland Department of Public Health, educate children and adolescents about health care and promote the clinic's services among young people.
 Other partners include the Progressive Action Council, the CMHA residents' organization, which has hired two outreach workers to inform residents of the clinic and encourage its use, and the KAP (Knowledge-Attitude-Practice) Wellness Center, an affiliate of MetroHealth Clement Center that is providing screenings, education and other health services at Outhwaite.
 KAP and yet another partner, Black Focus on the West Side, are involved in plans to expand the program to West Side CMHA estates. Another clinic is slated to open next January at Riverview Apartments, and KAP already has launched its second facility at Lakeview Terrace.
 "This is an exciting opportunity because, in MetroHealth and the City of Cleveland, we have two major public health care systems working hand-in-hand with a dedicated CMHA staff to improve health care access and quality for CMHA residents," said Sharon Rickert, director of community program planning and development for MetroHealth Clement Center.
 CONTACT: Terry L. Pederson of The MetroHealth System, 216-459-3699, or Sara Holbrook of CMHA, 216-348-5911.
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