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Cleveland Community Outreach

Cleveland Campus

Making a difference in our community

Public service is part of our mission, and the Cleveland campus will focus on community outreach efforts in northeast Ohio. Cleveland campus students, faculty and staff have many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families living in our local communities.

Cleveland campus students also have the opportunity to participate in the T.O.U.C.H. program. Heritage College students must enroll in the T.O.U.C.H. program and and can earn their volunteer hours through services offered through the college’s Community Health Programs and community partners in Athens, Columbus and Cleveland. Cleveland students can find out more about local organizations looking for volunteers at this link.

Cleveland Aspiring DOctors Precollege Program

The Heritage College’s Aspiring DOctors Precollege Program is a comprehensive, four-year pipeline program targeting high school students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to foster their interest in pursuing careers in science and health.

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Medical Student for a Day

Through collaboration and coordination with the Cleveland-based student members and advisors of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), northeast Ohio higher education institutions are invited annually to participate in a half-day session focused on the introduction and exploration of the osteopathic medical student-learning environment of the Heritage College, Cleveland. Students participated in a variety of clinical training stations interwoven by a developed patient case study as facilitated by several Heritage College students. Participants are able to develop their understanding of medical education, career exploration and the principles of osteopathic medicine through the interactive experiences. For more information please contact Betsy Kerns at kernse@ohio.edu.

Blood Drive

In coordination with the Cleveland Clinic and American Red Cross, the Student Doctors Serving Cleveland (SDSC) Interest Group is organizing a Blood Drive at South Pointe Hospital. The Cleveland Clinic Health System is the #1 user of blood products on the planet and SDSC Cleveland is helping to make sure that patients have access to this medical necessity. There are many ways for students to get involved in the drive including promoting the drive, volunteering during the event, and even giving blood as we hope to make this an annual event! For more information, please contact Betsy Kerns at kernse@ohio.edu.


Sending children door to door for trick-or-treating can be a nerve wracking experience for parents. The Pediatrics Club of Cleveland hosts an alternative Halloween event called trunk-or-treat. In conjunction with South Pointe Hospital and community organizations, volunteers decorate their vehicle trunks and hand out candy, books, and even warm gloves for the winter. It’s a spooktastic and safe event for the children of Warrensville Heights. For more information, please visit the Pediatrics website.

School-Sponsored Career Days

We regularly collaborate with elementary, middle and high schools to provide guest speakers for school-sponsored career events. For more information, please contact Samantha Baker at bakers6@ohio.edu or 216.295.7941.

Campus Tours and Presentations

Schools, youth organizations, and other student groups can schedule a tour of the Heritage College Cleveland campus. Groups can work with our Admissions and Outreach Coordinator to plan a day that works for their needs. These visits can include admissions presentations, campus tours, medical student panels, etc. Student groups also can schedule presentations off-campus. For more information, please contact Samantha Baker at bakers6@ohio.edu or 216.295.7941.

Eastwood Elementary School Reading Program – Warrensville Heights City School District

Every week Cleveland campus staff along with Cleveland Clinic South Pointe staff volunteer for an hour at Eastwood Elementary School. Sessions consist of children being paired up with a tutor as they take turns reading a preselected story, and then answering relevant questions. Tutors focus on phonics, reading fluency, and comprehension. Currently, all of the children that South Pointe and Ohio University have worked with passed the Third Grade Reading Guarantee test!