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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Not every nun lists their pronouns in their e-mail signature. But let’s be clear: not every nun is quite like Sister Susan Zion. Zion has spent more than a decade as the executive director of Ursuline Piazza, an organization she founded to address gaps in service for the HIV-positive community.
The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine have worked in Cleveland for more than a century. Their social services programs have proliferated in Central over the past 10 years, and they started the C.O.P.E (Central Opportunities for Purposeful Engagement) program there at the beginning of the pandemic.
Civic engagement and voter turnout throughout Cleveland’s wards have been a mixed bag going into the primary election. Mail ballot requests and returns have generally increased citywide from where they lagged in 2017. And some progressive newcomers say their grassroots campaigns have seen on-the-ground interest in city council elections, but some of their incumbent counterparts remain wary.
Sen. Sandra Williams, who could be the first Black woman to serve as Cleveland’s mayor, said two prominent Cleveland businessmen have offered her cash and political favors to step out of the race. She’s faced questions about her ability to lead based on her gender. But banking on her state-level colleagues and legislative track record, she will see the mayoral race through to the end.