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CareSource Partners with MetroHealth Foundation to Address Social Determinants of Health

Dayton - CareSource announced today a partnership with the MetroHealth Foundation and a donation of $600,000 to fund programming within the Institute for H.O.P.E.TM The programming will include innovations such as the School Health Program and Food as Medicine Clinic. The overall goal of this partnership is to provide additional support and benefits to children and families who have emerging or existing chronic health conditions.

The partnership will expand the focus on social determinants of health (SDoH) to specifically screen CareSource members and other community members who are at the highest risk for gaps in SDoH. Once identified, the patients will be connected with longstanding Cleveland community partners for assistance.

“Our partnership with the MetroHealth Foundation is a clear fit for the CareSource mission and enhances our clinical outcomes by creating a holistic model of care,” said Dr. Dale Block, Market Chief Medical Officer in Ohio. “By providing a path to identify possible chronic health risks of early and then working with community partners on solutions, we can stop the cycle of generational health conditions.”

When up to 80% of a person’s health depends on factors that occur outside of the walls of a hospital or medical clinic, social determinants of health is critical for the overall health of members. They include safe housing, adequate food, socialization, employment and transportation. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these factors. Since committing to screening for social determinants of health through the Institute for H.O.P.E., MetroHealth has screened over 30,000 patients and connected many with social service referrals in Cuyahoga county.

“This contribution from CareSource will result in a healthier Greater Cleveland, including increased immunizations for students we serve, nutritious food for our neighbors and increased emphasis factors that shape our community’s health,” said Susan Fuehrer, President of the Institute for H.O.P.E. “Investing this money on preventive care keeps people healthier and out of the hospital, which is the best outcome for everyone.”

CareSource is a leader in promoting equity in healthcare and breaking down the barriers of SDoH for their members. Amid the pandemic, CareSource has continued its transportation partnership with Lyft, funded wireless internet to increase digital equity and supported food accessibility for seniors.

About CareSource

CareSource is a nonprofit, multi-state health plan recognized as a national leader in managed care. Founded in 1989, CareSource administers one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans and offered a lifetime of access to care through health insurance, including Medicaid, Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare Advantage and dual-eligible programs. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource serves nearly 2 million members in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and is transforming health care with industry-leading programs that improve the health and well-being of our members.

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About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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