Levin College Forum

Growing a Healthy Community: Collaborating, Connecting and Educating

Thursday, April 28, 2016
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium 
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

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"We believe that collaborative investments in literacy, health, housing and safety by the partners we have brought to the table show how breaking down silos and creative partnering can be a model for creating a thriving community, committed to developing the talent to fill the jobs of our emerging technological economy. We believe Cleveland has a great story to tell." 

Kurt Karakul, President and Executive Director, Third Federal Foundation

About the Series

The Growing a Healthy Community forum series is a partnership between the Third Federal Foundation, Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs and WVIZ/PBS ideastream®. The series will examine effective community building and community development strategies. Over the coming year, we will explore how innovative partnerships among business leaders, community groups, residents, philanthropy and government are improving core communities. Through collaborative investments in education, health, safety and housing they are slowly changing the narrative about the Northeast Ohio from a story of decline to a story of hope and optimism.

About the Program

While the first forum offered perspectives from the CEOs of some of the partner organizations in Broadway P-16 on their motivation behind making the long term investment in education through the P-16, (, this second forum will showcase the work that is being done in the community. It will highlight the importance of the innovative partnerships in housing, health care, safety and literacy underway to remove the barriers poverty creates to prevent education and to help rebuild and improve the Slavic Village neighborhood.

Series and Program Overview:

  • Kurt Karakul, President and Executive Director, Third Federal Foundation


  • Linda J. Williams, Ph.D., Senior Director, Education, WVIZ/PBS ideastream®


  • Bob Gleeson, Ph.D., Interim Dean, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University


  • Mahogani Graves, Site Coordinator of the Reach Out and Read Plus program at MetroHealth Broadway Health Center
  • Laurie Switzer, Professional Learning Coordinator, K-16 Outreach & Special Projects, WVIZ/PBS ideastream®
  • Kate Carden, Assistant Director, Community Planning, Cleveland Housing Network
  • Chris Alvarado, Executive Director, Slavic Village Community Development Corporation
  • Kevin Payton, Principal, Fullerton School of Academics, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Christine Alexander, MD, Chairman of Family Medicine, Director of Maternal and Newborn Services, The MetroHealth System

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Slavic Village neighborhood leads the way in fixing the basics of urban education, housing and health in one of the country's poorest zip codes, a opinion piece by Kurt Karakul and Kathryn Wertheim Hexter.