MetroHealth, Cleveland Metroparks Host Multicultural Children’s Health Expo
As part of their shared commitment to building a healthier and more equitable community, The MetroHealth System and Cleveland Metroparks have partnered to host a Multicultural Children’s Health Expo this summer at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
The expo will take place over four Mondays – June 12, July 24, August 14 and September 11 – when entry to the Zoo is free for Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township residents (proof of residency required). There will be music, giveaways, hands-on activities and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The first 200 children each Monday will also receive $5 concession vouchers.
The expo will serve as an opportunity for children and their families to interact with MetroHealth caregivers, receive important health information and discover fun ways to stay active and healthy. It will also build on the success of the MetroHealth Minority Men’s Health Fair, an annual event held each spring designed to address the disproportionate rates of disease in minority communities through free health screenings and education.
“Children are our future, and we must do everything we can as a community to set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy living,” says Aparna Roy, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics at MetroHealth. “Our goals with the Multicultural Children’s Health Expo are to promote good health, deepen our connection with the community and, of course, have fun. We are grateful for our partners at Cleveland Metroparks for helping us make this a reality.”
“We are proud to collaborate with MetroHeath and offer this enhanced amenity to youth and their families visiting the Zoo,” said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian M. Zimmerman. “Together we can offer an accessible approach to wellness for our community.”
And to continue the momentum, MetroHealth will host its inaugural Multicultural Women’s Health Expo on September 30 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.
“These events are among the many ways MetroHealth is working tirelessly to eradicate health disparities and advance equity in the communities we serve,” says MetroHealth President & CEO Airica Steed, Ed.D, RN, MBA, FACHE. “Our work must go beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics if we truly want to build a healthier community.”
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care – through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services – that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.
About Cleveland Metroparks
Cleveland Metroparks spans 25,000 acres across Northeast Ohio including 18 reservations, more than 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, eight lakefront parks, dining and retail venues, and nationally acclaimed Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The Park District offers thousands of education and recreation programs and events each year across the 49 communities it serves, helping to create connections to nature and promote conservation and sustainability. Learn more at clevelandmetroparks.com.