Thursday, July 10, 2014
MetroHealth Launches Community Health Advocacy Project
MetroHealth formally launched its Community Health Advocacy Project this week by announcing the hiring of four community health advocates.
The project seeks to address health disparities and improve the health status of Cuyahoga County residents through community change. The project acknowledges that non-medical items like proximity of healthy food choices and access to green space can play a key role in a person’s health. The four advocates, by working closely with local stakeholders, will identify specific needs of each community and work with local partners to determine how MetroHealth can best contribute.
“It has long been known that health care has as much to do with where you live as where you get your medical care,” said John Corlett, Vice President of Government Relations at The MetroHealth System. “We see a unique chance here to help transform the communities in which our patients live.”
Each advocate will be responsible for a portion of Cuyahoga County.
Karen Cook, who previously oversaw grantmaking for The Nord Family Foundation, will take Cuyahoga County Districts 1 and 5 and Middleburg Heights from District 4. Her zone includes Berea, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.
Edwardo Munoz, a bilingual pastor and longtime MetroHealth nurse, will take Cuyahoga County Districts 2, 3 and most of 4, including seven Cleveland wards, Brooklyn and Lakewood.
Andrea Martemus-Peters, previously Program Manager of the Cleveland Clinic’s Community Outreach Department, will take Cuyahoga County Districts 7, 10 and 11, including six Cleveland wards, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland and Beachwood.
Janet Garcia, longtime board member of the Puerto Rican Society of Cleveland and the Hispanic Business Association, will take Cuyahoga County Districts 6, 8 and 9, including Garfield Heights, Shaker Heights, Brecksville and Solon.
“This is about fulfilling our mission of leading the way to a healthier community. We made a promise to Cuyahoga County at our annual meeting, to build coalitions of committed people and organizations to lift community health outcomes,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Dr. Akram Boutros. “These four advocates are the catalysts of cooperation, commitment, and focus. They will be powerful advocates for the communities they serve.”