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 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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.