Video: Spreading Hope One Call at a Time
A casual phone call can do more than lift people’s spirits. It can improve their health, too. That’s the basis for Calls for HOPE, an innovative volunteer program launched by the Institute for H.O.P.E.™
Volunteers are matched with one patient and asked to commit to one weekly call of at least 15 minutes. Calls can be made from the comfort of your home.
Patients enrolled in the Calls for HOPE program are those identified as high risk for social isolation – one of the most common social risk factors among our patients.
That’s concerning given the growing body of evidence that links social isolation with various health conditions – and not just mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Social isolation among heart failure patients, for instance, was associated with an almost four-fold increased risk of death and higher rates of hospitalization.
To learn more or register to volunteer, call 440-592-1317 or email CallsforHOPE@metrohealth.org.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.