Research Opportunities

Periodically, EHP partners with the enterprise to offer research opportunities to members. Please read all of the detailed information regarding requirements and commitments. Some studies will help in qualifying for a Healthy Choice discount, but not all so be sure to read the information and speak with the contact listed within each study.

Empower Study

Participation in the EMPOWER-T2D study is still open! This study assess the effectiveness of shared medical appointment weight management and weight loss medications to improve outcomes for patients with a BMI ≥30 and type 2 diabetes.  This program is open to EHP employees and spouses.  Monthly face-to-face shared medical appointments, or quarterly appointments, depending on which group of the study you are assigned, are required. 

To be eligible:

  • BMI ≥30
  • A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes with an A1C > 7.5%
  • No use of any medications for weight loss within the past 90 days
  • No visit with an endocrinologist for the management of Type 2 diabetes within the past year
  • No prior participation in the Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute’s Integrated Weight Management program.
  • Program does not qualify one for the Healthy Choice premium discount, but can help one meet their Healthy Choice goals. 

If interested or have questions you should e-mail or call 216.442.1628.


The Cleveland Clinic Preventive Cardiology Department, in collaboration with C5Research (Cleveland Clinic Coordinating Center for Clinical Research), are looking for 200 volunteers between the age of 40-75 years with elevated cholesterol to participate in a research study to evaluate a low dose of a FDA approved statin medication compared with several commercially available over the counter dietary supplements which are marketed for cholesterol health.

If you have an LDL cholesterol between 70-189 mg/dL, you may be eligible to participate.

Participants must not currently be taking a statin or one of the dietary supplements included in the trial. Participants willing to discontinue a prohibited supplement for 4 weeks prior to enrollment will be allowed to participate.

Total participation time is 4 weeks. Study medication will be provided at no charge. Participants will not know the study medication assigned during participation.

There will be two visits which include a lab draw at any Cleveland Clinic lab.

Interested in participating? Email The study is limited to the first 200 eligible volunteers in Cleveland only. There is no cost to participate and participant will not receive monetary compensation.

Yoga for Treatment of Low Back Pain

The Cleveland Clinic Department of Wellness & Preventive Medicine is looking for volunteers to participate in a study for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of yoga on chronic low back pain. The study is a 24 week study which includes randomization to either the Yoga Now group (12 week virtual yoga classes) or Yoga Later group (12 weekly virtual yoga  classes that will start approximately 6 months after enrolling in the study).

You are eligible to participate in this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • 18-64 years old
  • Chronic LBP with average pain intensity >4 for the previous week on an 11 -point numerical rating scale
  • Ability to speak and understand English

There is no cost to participate and participants will not receive monetary compensation.  If you join the study you will be given a free yoga mat, participation manual, receive virtual yoga classes designed for low back pain, and be provided access to online yoga videos for home practice.

Your decision to participate is completely voluntary and you can stop your participation at any time.  Participation in this study will have no direct impact on your benefit coverage

Interested in participating?

If you are interested in participating in the study, please contact the study research coordinator Linda Libertini at 216.448.8339 or email

Strength Improvement Plan (SIP)

The Employee Health Plan (EHP) is partnering with the Cleveland Clinic Fitness Centers to pilot a Strength Improvement Plan (SIP) for Caregivers focused on increasing their muscular strength and endurance.  Participation is limited to the first 20 people that sign up.  

This 12 week program will be available at the W.O. Walker Fitness Center on Main Campus and will include the following:

  • Initial fitness assessment & consultation with a certified and/or degreed Fitness Specialist
  • A customized exercise program based on results of the assessment
  • Weekly one-on-one personal training sessions
  • Weekly accountability check-ins and challenges to keep you motivated and engaged

You may qualify for this program if you meet the criteria listed below:

  • Enrolled in the EHP
  • Are a Healthy Choice Program member or join Healthy Choice through the SIP pilot program
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 45 or greater

If you participate in the EHP Healthy Choice Premium Discount program you may use the SIP program to help meet your goals. Premium discounts are based on participation and SIP designated strength improvement measurements.  If you meet all of the SIP requirements and improve strength, you could receive up to a 30% discount on the cost of your health insurance in 2023.

Take advantage of the Strength Improvement Plan and improve your health.  If you are interested in participating, please email Lindsey Sitko at by July 4th, 2022.    

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