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La Placita to feature food, fun and health services

Summer is all about parties, especially in our neighborhood. In 2019, one of our favorite celebrations of culture makes its return to Clark-Fulton.

Where can you find free bike helmets, health information and services, lots of dancing, and delicious food all in the same location? At the upcoming La Placita Cleveland events sponsored by MetroHealth. The summer series is being held down the street from MetroHealth's main campus in the heart of Cleveland's Hispanic community at the US Bank Parking lot, the corner of Clark and West 25th Street.

If you’ve never been before, you’re missing out.

The series of open air pop up markets – La Placita is “the market” in Spanish – turns the area around the corner of Clark Avenue and West 25th Street into an outdoor shopping and entertainment experience. Grab a bite to eat from amazing local cooks, shop at stalls from neighborhood artists and vendors and dance the night away to a series of local musicians.

As fun as it is, La Placita is more than just a party. It’s a celebration of the neighborhood’s vibrant Latino history and culture. What’s more, it’s a chance to support small businesses – most of which are owned by neighborhood residents – as they work to establish a lasting presence in the community. (It may not seem like you’re contributing the future of the Clark-Fulton neighborhood by coming out for empanadas and live entertainment, but that’s exactly what’s happening!) 

Margarita Diaz, RN, Manager of Health Equity, says this type of outreach is important. "When patients see that we are happy to invest in their well-being, then they themselves will also see the value of personal and family health. This is our goal as we improve population health through cross cultural encounters. Our continued support and engagement with culturally diverse communities establishes mutual respect and builds trust between communities and health systems such as MetroHealth, thus improving culturally competent, patient centered care."

Services that will be available at La Placita include:

  • Alan Martinez, DDS, and the Oral Surgery team will provide oral screenings
  • The Nursing team will do biometric screenings (August event)
  • MetroHealth Police will provide gun safety information and gun locks
  • The Office of Opioid Safety will have kits and information to share
  • The Patient and Family Advisors will be onsite
  • The Language Access team will be onsite
  • HIV prevention information will be available
  • The Patient Financial Services team and the Enrollment Van will be onsite
  • Staff from the Comprehensive Burn Care Center will be onsite

La Placita is on three Saturdays this summer from 1 to 10 p.m.:

  • June 15
  • July 20
  • August 17

It is free and open to the public and there is no registration required.

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About the MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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