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.
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Low-income families may find it difficult to send their kids to a costly summer camp, but one nonprofit organization located in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood is removing that barrier and connecting urban middle-schoolers with their community. University Circle Inc. (UCI) is expanding their free after-school program, Circle Scholars, to the Circle Explorers Summer Camp for 7th and 8th graders.