Seeking to improve the equity of health care for children in Northeast Ohio, Meijer donated $ 2 million to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Health Care Program to help purchase a mobile unit that provides medical care to children while they are in school.
Children in Cleveland public schools are disproportionately affected by poverty, creating a need for access to primary care. The mobile unit, which acts as a full-service pediatric office, provides health and wellness services to students in Kindergarten through 12e grade, including comprehensive physical examinations, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses; vaccinations; first aid and more. Children have access to services regardless of their health insurance status.
“We know that education is a social determinant of health and can have a lifelong impact on a person’s health and well-being,” said Roopa Thakur, MD, FAAP, pediatrician and medical director of the program. Cleveland Clinic children’s school health care. “Missing school because of health problems or not accessing health care because you don’t want to miss school can disrupt a child’s long-term health and development. Our program aims to help combat this by providing pediatric health care services while ensuring children stay in school and parents don’t miss work for an office visit.
The new mobile unit will visit Northeast Ohio school districts regularly throughout the school year. This will be the second mobile unit for the Cleveland Clinic Children.
Even when school takes place virtually, the unit is on-site, ensuring the ability to provide continuous and consistent care.
“This generous donation will help us serve our current patients and expand our reach to others in need. The impact of this support is truly immeasurable, ”added Dr Thakur.
During the 2019-2020 school year, the School Health Program served 1,894 unique patients. This year, the program hopes to expand patient recruitment in its partner districts:
- Cleveland Metropolitan School District
- Cleveland East
- A step forward in Greater Cleveland
- Maple heights
- The heights of Warrensville
“Meijer cares deeply about the communities we serve, especially the health and well-being of the people who live there,” said Rick Keyes, President and CEO of Meijer. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Cleveland Clinic not only to expand convenient access to health services for children, but also to meet them where they are at school.
Meijer’s relationship with the Cleveland Clinic programs began in 2018 when she hosted a holiday party for the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital with toys and snacks given to patients and families.
Additionally, the food retailer has continued to provide relief to its community throughout the pandemic. Recently, he donated $ 1 million in turkeys to 10 food banks located within his footprint to help feed those in need.
In 2020 alone, Meijer made a donation $ 7.6 million to pantries as part of its Simply Give program.
Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan Meijer operates more than 256 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The company is No. 19 on the PG 100, Progressive Grocery‘s 2020 list of leading food and consumable retailers in North America.