Saint Luke's Foundation

Healthy People Resources

Welcome! Please check back with us frequently – we look forward to sharing resources with you each quarter that can help you learn about
our short-term and long-term program strategies in greater detail. We will also share other general Healthy People program-related topics of interest.

Additionally, we invite you to share resources with us that align with our Healthy People program area. Links to suggested resources can be emailed to Heather Torok, Senior Program Officer for Healthy People at

Program Strategy Area Resources

Promote Health Home Model of Care

Reduce Obesity

  • Food Access in Cleveland – Cuyahoga County: Needs Assessment & Recommendations

    The Food Trust synthesized the vast information that was shared through the methods described previously and drafted a detailed report: Food Access in Cleveland – Cuyahoga County: Needs Assessment & Recommendations. Using information that was provided by individuals working on the ground in Cleveland – Cuyahoga County, the long report delves deeply into each of the eight program areas listed previously, identifying specific needs, recommendations and opportunities to collaborate. It also outlines overarching recommendations for breaking down siloes and comprehensively advancing the entire food access movement. 

  • Health Value Dashboard

    The HPIO Health Value Dashboard is a tool to track Ohio’s progress towards health value — a composite measure of Ohio’s performance on population health outcomes and healthcare spending. The Dashboard examines Ohio’s performance relative to other states, tracks change over time and examines Ohio’s greatest health disparities and inequities.

  • A specific look at Ohio: The State of Obesity

    Ohio now has the 16th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. Ohio’s adult obesity rate is 30.4 percent, up from 24.4 percent in 2004 and from 11.3 percent in 1990.

  • The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America

    According to the latest data, adult obesity rates increased in six states over the last year. Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest rates of obesity at 35.1 percent, while Colorado has the lowest rate at 21.3 percent.

  • Ohio’s Health Ranking in the Ohio Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Communities

  • The New Yorker’s Take on obesity: Obesity Lessons for Liberals and Conservatives

    Data from the Centers for Disease Control showed that in nineteen states and U.S. territories the obesity rate among poor preschool-aged children had finally dropped. The reductions were modest—just a single percentage point on average—but, at last, the numbers were going in the right direction.

  • A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease

    The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments.

  • Economic and Community Development Benefits of Healthy Food Retail

    For more than two decades, researchers have been gathering evidence to determine whether there are connections between access to healthy food and decreased obesity rates and other diet-related diseases.

  • 2013 Cuyahoga County Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Obesity and Weight Control

    The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve University has administered the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in school districts throughout Cuyahoga County since 2000.

  • CDC’s Adult Obesity Facts

    Adult obesity prevalence by state and territory using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

  • Growing Obesity Map

  • Economic Impact and ROI of Healthy Food Retail, Policy Link

    The research and debates about the relationship among local food environments, purchasing and eating behaviors, and health outcomes have rarely explored the other important benefits associated with healthy food retail.

  • 2012 County Health Check Statistics – Weight Stats in Cuyahoga County

Youth & Obesity

Contact our Senior Program Officer for Healthy People, Heather Torok!

If you have questions about this program area or would like more information, call or email Heather today.

(216) 431-8010 |

Download our Healthy People
Program Strategy Information Sheet

We considered how Saint Luke’s Foundation could best use its resources, networks and position to have measurable impact in this community. Our refined approach for our Healthy People program strategy sets a clear, mission-aligned direction for short-term and long-term outcomes to improve and transform the heath and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Download it here!

Additional Helpful
Healthy People Resources 


Affordable Care Act (ACA) Downloads

Starting on October 1, 2013, millions of Americans can find and enroll in quality, affordable coverage through health insurance marketplaces. To learn about these changes under the Affordable Care Act, watch this video.

Downloadable links to other important information pertaining to the ACA:

You may also visit
for more information.


Capacity Building Information

  • Coming soon 

Vacant to Vibrant Project in Area Neighborhoods

(5.15.15) A Strong Neighborhood Grantee Cleveland Botanical Garden is putting the finishing touches on three small stormwater parks in Woodland Hills neighborhood of Cleveland.These combined green stormwater infrastructure/community recreation spaces are part of “Vacant to Vibrant,” a 3-city project to transform small vacant lots into community assets. Click here to read more.


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