From WKYC 3:
$18 million is now going to address disparities for the underprivileged in Cleveland. It's called the "ACHIEVE GreatER" initiative, spearheaded by Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals.
The initiatve will help tackle complex issues that reside deeper than the surface of the skin. Medical issues that often get roadblocked by socio-economic challenges we face, especially for underdeveloped and struggling parts of Cleveland.
The money, which will be split between Cleveland and Detroit, has been given by the National Institute of Health to close a gap, specifically for the African-American community.
Dr. Sanjay Rajagopalan is the chief of cardiovascular medicine at UH. He is spearheading how the money gets distributed and says that our area has "a large population of patients who have who are really traditionally disadvantaged from every sense of the word.”
Working alongside Dr. Rajagopalan is Jeff Patterson, CEO of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. He works directly with people who need these resources. CMHA will coordinate health events across housing developments throughout Cuyahoga County to identify patients with needs.
"This may help stave off some of these problems that traditionally just plague our community," Patterson says. "We can invest in their longevity and invest in trying to make them be able to have successful lives."
Read WKYC's article "'Transformative' $18 million grant for UH, Case Western Reserve to tackle health disparities amongst African-American communities," featuring the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.