Transformational “MetroHealth Model” to Expand Successful Health Equity Roadmap Nationally Through Partnership with CHC: Creating Healthier Communities
MetroHealth and CHC’s new partnership will elevate the MetroHealth Model which integrates health equity into all aspects of the business and community, with proven health outcomes
Today, The MetroHealth System and CHC: Creating Healthier Communities announced a new partnership that will document “the MetroHealth Model” in a case study to be disseminated nationally, serving as an example to hospital systems, associations, nonprofits, businesses and others about how to advance health equity in their communities through proven practices.
“We bring hope, health and humanity to our community by focusing on the whole person, whether that is providing them outstanding medical care, or fresh vegetables, or access to housing, greenspace and exercise, or making vaccinations available to them in their neighborhood,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “It’s about being brave and accountable in our relentless pursuit to eliminate barriers, serve others, and walk alongside every person in their journey to health.”
MetroHealth’s Model incorporates a comprehensive approach, addressing the social determinants of health in a community, focusing on everything from the environment and greenspace to education, jobs and housing, including building a new hospital in an underserved area.
“CHC works with thousands of groups across the country, and this is the most effective model we’ve come across that directly addresses all the facets of health disparities in one of the most stressed environments in America: Cleveland,” said CHC President and CEO Thomas G. Bognanno. “Under Dr. Boutros’ leadership, MetroHealth has risen to these challenges, providing hope – and a model to follow – that proves it is possible to tackle these issues anywhere.”
Beyond clinical excellence and medical outcomes, MetroHealth is proactively working in the community on a whole-health approach that includes: creating a high school within the hospital, building affordable housing and senior housing, adding beds for treatment of patients struggling with mental health and addiction, operating maternal housing, working with the foster care program to focus on healing, addressing health disparities in diabetes and other diseases, supporting inclusive job fairs and workforce development programs, leading school-based health programs, improving the county jail health program to significantly improve outcomes, partnering with nonprofits to provide wrap-around services onsite for patients, increasing employee wages, providing intergenerational behavioral health programs and much more.
MetroHealth is the first hospital in the world to be certified as an EcoDistrict, committed to inclusive and sustainable development focused on equity, community resilience, climate protection, collaboration and measurement. The hospital is adding 26 acres of greenspace to create a community park at the center of their facility, improving both environmental and community health.
“MetroHealth and CHC are unwavering in their pursuit of an equitable future for all people,” said CHC Board Chair and Cleveland Cavaliers Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Kevin Clayton. “MetroHealth is doing the hard work right here in Cleveland, and it’s paying off. CHC is here alongside us and will take MetroHealth’s Model nationwide, providing a roadmap for the country.”
MetroHealth also meaningfully engages in community collaborations through investment, thought leadership and referral networks that elevate community-based organizations and address whole health outcomes.
For example, MetroHealth is a collaborating partner with CHC in a project funded by the Anthem Foundation to address health disparities impacting Black pregnant women and reduce preterm births. Through this project, MetroHealth will use its extensive research acumen to validate the preterm birth screening practices conducted in Cleveland and other communities.
“Our work at CHC is done in partnership with nonprofits, businesses, government agencies and others across the country, with a singular focus to bring about improved community health outcomes,” said CHC Chief Health Equity Officer Valerie Rochester.
“This comprehensive, multi-level community health improvement model that MetroHealth has created in Cleveland is the seed that healthcare systems in other cities just like Cleveland can plant, working with other community members to grow and achieve similar results.”
CHC, a national leader advancing equity by addressing the barriers to good health, and its partner the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, will use 15 years of MetroHealth data to develop a case study and replication guide highlighting MetroHealth’s unique health equity model.
This model includes a leadership profile on taking courageous action, how to weigh risk against doing the right thing, how to engage community stakeholders, interventions tested and piloted, business benefits and the investment case, plus the resulting community impact and strategies that have proven effective to accelerate health and equity in Cleveland.
MetroHealth and CHC plan to release the case study and roadmap in early 2023.
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 throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, three-quarters 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.
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