of the Community Research Scholar Initiative

Beech Brook


For 161 years, Beech Brook has been helping Northeast Ohio’s most vulnerable children and families. Over the past year, Beech Brook’s staff served more than 21,000 children and families. From prevention and early intervention programs to intensive treatment for the most seriously disturbed youth, Beech Brook helps to heal troubled children and strengthen families through these and other mental health services: intensive treatment for the most severely disturbed children and teens, residential treatment, including programs for juvenile court-involved youths, day treatment, foster care and adoption for children with special needs, family preservation, outpatient counseling, school-based mental health services, community-based programs for at-risk youth, parent support and education, prevention and early intervention services, early childhood services, ACT Team for transitional youths, and mentoring. For more information, please visit


Frontline Services


FrontLine Services, formerly Mental Health Services, combines three specific aims, resolving crisis, ending homelessness, and overcoming trauma, in order to best serve some of Cuyahoga county’s most vulnerable populations.  In their efforts to resolve crisis, MHS offers a 24/7 Suicide Prevention Hotline for children and adults whose safety and health are threatened by mental health challenges or overwhelming stressors. They provide Crisis Assessment and Intervention services throughout Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and have done so without interruption since 1995. MHS reaches out to children and families whose lives have been shattered by violence, working closely with those who have experienced or witnessed sexual and/or physical abuse, kidnapping, suicide, homicide or rape. They provide the intensive clinical services needed to help overcome the trauma and to break the cycle of violence in homes and communities across Cuyahoga County.
MHS believes that anyone experiencing homelessness can obtain housing with the appropriate level of assistance or supportive services. Through participation in their outreach, shelter, psychiatric, and supportive services, MHS aims to promote sustained recovery, independence, and community participation in the lives of those they help.  For more information, please visit


Komen Northeast Ohio


The Northeast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, or Komen Northeast Ohio, is part of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. Komen’s mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Komen Northeast Ohio serves 22 counties in Northeast Ohio by funding breast cancer education, screening and survivor support programs. Seventy-five percent of the funds received remain here in Northeast Ohio and the remaining 25 percent helps fund national research to discover the causes of breast cancer and ultimately its cures. In March 2010, Komen Northeast Ohio was honored as the “Affiliate of the Year” by the national organization in recognition of the effective stewardship of donor funds and impact in the community. For more information, please visit

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Founded in 1975, the Center is a community-based, non-profit agency working toward a society free of homophobia and gender oppression by advancing the respect, human rights and dignity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. We are the third oldest LGBT Center in the US. Monthly, over 1700 people use the Center and its resources.

Mission: The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland works to advance the rights, respect and diversity of the LGBT community

Vision: The LGBT Community Center seeks to create a community that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every person regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and inclusive of class, race and ability. We work collaboratively with other LGBT and ally groups to address community needs and issues.

Our Values: Advocacy, Diversity, Empowerment, Equality, and Leadership.

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West Side Community House

West Side Community House (WSCH) was founded in 1890 as the Methodist Deaconess Home of Cleveland. WSCH has operated as a private, nonsectarian nonprofit 501(c)3 social service agency since 1964, owned and operated by a board of managers. We work to meet the needs of the community residents by providing an array of model programs and services for children, families and older adults. Services are open to all social, racial, ethnic and income groups but are targeted to those who are most vulnerable and at-risk. Our programs strengthen the family, provide opportunities to learn and grow, support independent living, encourage economic self-sufficiency, and renew the life spirit.

Mission: The mission established to guide West Side Community House over the next five years is…Transforming lives in the community.

Vision: West Side Community House envisions a people transformed in mind, body and spirit.We will continue to create and refine programs that empower and inspire, and build relationships to support and sustain our mission.We will cultivate a spirit of neighbor caring for neighbor that will give the community back to the people with hope for a brighter future.

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Universal Health Care Action Network Ohio

UHCAN Ohio’s mission is to achieve high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans.

Core Values

The following six basic beliefs were identified as core to the organization. They will guide Board and Staff behavior.

ACCESS :All people should have access to quality health care.

CONSUMER VOICE: Consumers must have a strong voice in governance.

ACCOUNTABILITY: People are expected to take responsibility for their actions.

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY: Everyone has a shared responsibility to contribute to the cost of transforming the health care system commensurate with their capacity.

COLLABORATION: Work must be done in partnership with others to replace a market driven system with one    designed to achieve better health, better care, and lower cost.

BALANCED DECISION MAKING: When decisions are made, consideration should be given to cost, bottom line, and quality.

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Asia Services in Action, Inc.

Mission: To empower Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Northeastern Ohio to access quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate information and services.

Vision Statement: Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in Northeastern Ohio will have equal access to information and quality services, and no disparities will exist. AAPI issues and interests will be fully understood and incorporated into service plans of all major public agencies and community service providers in Northeast Ohio.

History: Four women, each a professional in her own field, met together to discuss the untapped potential existing in the emerging Asian population in Northeast Ohio. These friends laid the foundation for Asian Services in Action, Inc. (“ASIA”) with great hopes and aspirations for the work this organization can accomplish to improve the quality of life for Asians in Northeast Ohio. They knew that hard work, challenges and barriers would lie ahead. They committed their time and resources to this undertaking. They started small. Their first effort was the planning and carrying out of a one-day health initiative that reached 60 members from the Asian community. This was back in 1995. Today, the organization has two main offices and programs statewide. The organization serves over 10,000 individuals annually.

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United Way 2-1-1

United Way of Greater Cleveland is a local, independent nonprofit organization and the largest private-sector funder of health and human services in our community. United Way advances education, income and health in our community by mobilizing community members to give, advocate and volunteer.

Cuyahoga County’s First Call for Help has been providing service under many forms since 1949, including the Community Information Volunteer Action Center (CIVAC). On February 11, 2004, when 2-1-1 service became active in Cuyahoga County, First Call For Help changed its name to 2-1-1/First Call For Help, which has since been changed to United Way 2-1-1.

United Way 2-1-1 receives funding from the Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services, the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, and United Way of Greater Cleveland.

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Massage of Northern Ohio Practice-Based Research Network (MNO-PBRN)

Mission:To improve access to Massage Therapy, to conduct research on massage efficacy, and to educate the public, healthcare providers, and policy makers about massage therapy.

Vision Statement:Provide resources and education to Licensed Massage Therapists to support the generation of evidence based knowledge and the integration of the practice of massage therapy into the healthcare community.

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