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Important Takeaways from S.T.O.P. Covid Cleveland Initiative
The S.T.O.P. COVID Cleveland initiative, a program sponsored by UnitedHealth Group, offered no-cost COVID-19 testing to address healthcare disparities in at-risk communities. Cleveland was selected as 1 of 6 locations nationwide to close the gaps in testing in communities of color. Better Health Partnership was proud to partner with UnitedHealth Group, Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and other community stakeholders to implement this community initiative.

Testing locations operated from December 3rd through December 30th, 2020 and the program produced many highlights worth reporting:
  • Total test administered: 3504
  • Total # of COVID-positive tests: 594 (15.6%)
  • Most commonly reported symptoms: cough, headache, sore throat
In addition to the no-cost COVID-19 testing, the 3 test sites at Lee Memorial AME Church, Elizabeth Baptist Church, and Lee Road Baptist Church also distributed roughly 2,000 food kits and more than 2,500 health, safety, and education kits.

We would like to thank our FQHC partners: Asian Services in Action, Care Alliance Health Center, Circle Health Services/The Centers, and Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services for taking part in this important program. For more information on this inititiative please visit: https://communitystopcovid.com/

 
NEW YEAR - NEW STAFF!
We are happy to announce the full-time addition of Kirstin Craciun to the Better Health Partnership team as our Community Impact Lead. In her temporary role in 2020, Kirstin did much of the heavy lifting in connecting UnitedHealth Group to the Federally Qualified Health Centers and Greater Cleveland Congregations for the S.T.O.P. COVID Cleveland initiative and continues to lead the COVID FQHC Collaborative. In 2021, we look forward to her leadership involvement with many of our mission-aligned, equitable community health impact initiatives.

Prior to this role, Kirstin served as the Director of Community Outreach for The Center for Health Affairs. In this capacity, Kirstin led the Community Health Needs Assessment Roundtable and together with Dr. Heidi Gullett brought the hospital community, public health and other essential stakeholders together to develop Cuyahoga County’s first collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment and explore opportunities for collaboration on addressing CHNA-related strategic health priorities.

Welcome aboard, Kirstin!