Community Health Needs Assessment
In 2017, with leadership from the Community Engagement Committee of our Board of Trustees, MetroHealth completed a community health needs assessment. We chose to undertake this process to be certain that we understand the needs of our community and to ensure that we are doing all we can to respond to those needs. Because we are a public health system, we are not required by federal law to conduct such an assessment. Working with The Center for Community Solutions, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy and research organization, MetroHealth analyzed existing data on health outcomes and those factors that influence health, looked at patient data and heard from residents and professionals working in the community. The assessment included a review of the health improvement plans of other local organizations, to identify where they might align and where there might be gaps.
Based on this assessment, input from health system leaders, and deliberations of members of the Community Engagement Committee, five areas of focus for the next three years have been identified. These priorities are:
- Infant mortality
- Opioid epidemic
- Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in chronic disease outcomes for MetroHealth patients
- Community building in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood
- Addressing community trauma in east side neighborhoods
These priorities include some of the most pressing community issues, while recognizing the unique role that MetroHealth plays in its neighborhood and in the community more broadly.
Manager, Community Health Advocacy Initiative