The MetroHealth System Releases Results of Community Health Needs Assessment
Study identifies Cuyahoga County’s most pressing health-related needs
The MetroHealth System released the results of its Community Health Needs Assessment, a study launched to better understand the health-related needs of Cuyahoga County residents. Based on the results of the study, MetroHealth has committed to focus on five priorities for its community engagement activities. Those areas are:
- Infant mortality
- The opioid epidemic
- Racial and ethnic disparities in chronic disease outcomes for patients
- Community building in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood
- Addressing community trauma in East Side neighborhoods
Working with the Center for Community Solutions, MetroHealth examined data on factors that influence health, overall health outcomes and unmet needs of the community. Conduent Healthy Communities Institute provided additional guidance and feedback.
The Community Engagement Committee of the MetroHealth Board of Trustees commissioned the study and led the effort to identify Cuyahoga County’s most pressing needs. Though MetroHealth already has several programs in place to address some of these needs, the study confirms those needs and points to others. MetroHealth plans to develop specific strategies to address the priorities and identify metrics to measure results.
To view the Community Health Needs Assessment, click here.
The MetroHealth System is an essential health system committed to providing health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 7,500 employees deliver care to everyone at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at more than 20 other MetroHealth locations. Two new hospitals have recently opened in Cleveland Heights and Parma, and MetroHealth also provides health care at more than 40 additional sites in Cuyahoga County through community partnerships.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992 by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons, and one of two adult and pediatric burn centers in the state of Ohio verified by the American Burn Association. MetroHealth also is home to a verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center.
In the past year, MetroHealth provided more than 1.4 million patient visits in its hospital and health centers. MetroHealth is also an academic medical center committed to teaching and research; each of its active physicians holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. MetroHealth has earned Magnet status, which places it in the top six percent of all hospitals nationwide for nursing excellence.
MetroHealth’s mission is, “Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork.” For more information, visit metrohealth.org.