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Community Health Needs Assessment

The MetroHealth System is pleased to partner with local health departments, other health systems and community stakeholders on the completion of the 2019 Cuyahoga County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Our partners in this work include Better Health Partnership, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the Cleveland Department of Public Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga), PolicyBridge, Southwest General Health Center, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, The Center for Health Affairs, United Way of Greater Cleveland and University Hospitals. MetroHealth is not required to conduct a CHNA for federal compliance purposes but chose to be part of this assessment given our strong commitment to community health improvement and addressing social determinants of health. 

The assessment provides important information that will inform the development of strategies to address health inequities and improve the health of all Cuyahoga County residents. It will be used to collectively design a community health improvement plan and implementation strategy that addresses the most pressing health needs for our community. Five prioritized areas of focus for the next three years have been identified. These results are the product of an in-depth, facilitated process of data gathering and analysis, as well as active engagement by community partners and residents through surveys, interviews, community meetings, and an inclusive prioritization process.

Five priority areas of focus for the next 3 years are:

  • Eliminating structural racism*
  • Enhancing trust and trustworthiness across sectors, people, communities*
  • Addressing community conditions, such as reducing poverty and its effects
  • Enhancing mental health and reducing substance abuse
  • Reducing chronic illness and its effects 

* Long-term, cross-cutting strategies that will be integrated into each of the other priority areas through an intentional plan to address these fundamental contributors to the health of both individuals and populations within Cuyahoga County.  

MetroHealth will continue our many efforts to improve the health of the community. We also look forward to working together with our partners to impact the health and quality of life for all in Cuyahoga County.

Download the 2019 CHNA Report [PDF]
> View the 2017 Executive Summary (English) [PDF]
> View the 2017 Executive Summary (Spanish) [PDF]
> Download the 2017 CHNA Report [PDF]

For more information about this report, contact:

Karen Cook
Manager, Community Health Engagement
Institute for H.O.P.E.™
Office: (440) 592-1306
[email protected]