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For many years, marginalized Cuyahoga County residents have experienced significant health inequities. Many of them are a direct result of racial segregation, particularly of anti-Black racism, but other impoverished individuals and people of color within the community suffer these inequities, as well. Since 2015, Health Improvement Plan or HIP-Cuyahoga has been working with multiple community partners to resolve those challenges via direct action and collaboration throughout the county.
Delores Collins, a certified Community Health Worker, founded the Cleveland nonprofit A Vision of Change (AVOC) about two years ago. Since then, AVOC has provided more than 15,000 masks, 5,000 bottles of sanitizer, and approximately 3,500 boxes of food, along with diapers, cleaning supplies, soap, candles, and other items to citizens who need them.