COVID-19: Vaccinations, testing and general information. Learn more

Institute for H.O.P.E.™

A catalyst of change for our health, neighborhoods, economy and future.

Contact us: [email protected]

Institute for H.O.P.E.™

A catalyst of change for our health, neighborhoods, economy and future.

Contact us: [email protected]

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Greater Cleveland has some of the best health care institutions in the world. Yet it also has some of the worst health outcomes across its population.  Across two local ZIP codes, just five miles apart, residents have a 23-year difference in their life expectancy. How can such troubling differences in health and well-being be happening here, in one of North America’s meccas of medical care?

It’s because of a simple reality: While quality medical care is essential, it’s not nearly enough.

Experts believe that roughly 80% of a person’s health depends on factors beyond medical care:  where you live, what’s going on around you, your socioeconomic status, your education level, your habits. These factors are often called the “social determinants of health.” They include access to:  

80% of a person’s health depends on factors beyond medical care, including: Safe, stable housing. Healthy, nutritious food. Reliable transportation. Education and training. Job opportunities.

80% of a person’s health depends on factors beyond medical care, including: Safe, stable housing. Healthy, nutritious food. Reliable transportation. Education and training. Job opportunities. 

These factors disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of our community. Greater Cleveland’s overall health – the fabric of our community, our quality of life, culture, economy, our future – depends on the health of our residents. We have a personal and collective responsibility to address these disparities and improve health outcomes for all of us.  

Institute for H.O.P.E.™: A catalyst of change for our health, neighborhoods, economy and future
The Institute for H.O.P.E.™ has three focus areas:

Healthy families and thriving communities – We will screen patients for social determinants of health and intervene when needed. We will create, improve and align programs to combat health disparities. And we will enrich community partnerships with entities on the front lines of community health and well-being. 

Transformative knowledge and education – We will work to educate and train members of our community, transforming their lives and the lives of their families. 

Innovative practices – Through research and evaluation, we will optimize the effort and create a template to spread H.O.P.E. to other communities.

Helping Our Community and Each Other
Family enjoying the outside together
Q3 2022 Update

In our latest quarterly report, learn how the MetroHealth School Health Program is helping kids grow into healthy and strong learners.

Read Report
2021 annual Report cover
2021 Year in Review
Improving the health of our community takes all of us working together.
Read our Report
Unite Ohio logo
Improving Community Health
Through Unite Ohio, MetroHealth is recruiting partners to address people’s social needs and ultimately improve the health of our community.
Learn more
Institute for H.O.P.E.™ Seminar Series
Institute for H.O.P.E.™ Seminar Series
MetroHealth brings together leading thought leaders in the social determinants of health.
Learn More
Family enjoying the outside together
Q3 2022 Update

In our latest quarterly report, learn how the MetroHealth School Health Program is helping kids grow into healthy and strong learners.

Read Report
2021 annual Report cover
2021 Year in Review
Improving the health of our community takes all of us working together. Read our Report
Unite Ohio logo
Improving Community Health
Through Unite Ohio, MetroHealth is recruiting partners to address people’s social needs and ultimately improve the health of our community. Learn more
Institute for H.O.P.E.™ Seminar Series
Institute for H.O.P.E.™ Seminar Series
MetroHealth brings together leading thought leaders in the social determinants of health. Learn More
A Coordinated, Strategic Approach

Improving the health of the community is the core of MetroHealth’s mission. Part of that means continuing to deliver excellent medical care across the continuum of care – primary care, specialty medical and surgical care, hospital care and, when needed, life-saving interventions – all empowered by the latest technology and enhanced by our expertise in population health, managed care and quality improvement.

But we must also expand the reach of our care. We need to see the full picture of our patients and their lives, beyond our walls, so we can identify and help eliminate potential barriers to their health and well-being. We must find and fix the root causes of health disparities in our region. 

That’s why MetroHealth's Population Health Innovation Institute created and launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™, to help improve health through opportunity, partnership and empowerment.

Questionnaire: Social Drivers of Health  |  Cuestionario: Factores sociales de la salud

See a list of suggested social service resources in Cuyahoga County

 

Improved Health through Opportunity, Partnership, and Empowerment
Health at MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.
Health
Improve the health of populations by leading efforts to address social and economic influences.
Opportunity at MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.
Opportunities
Identify and promote opportunities for change in practice, learning and policy.

 

Partnership at MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.
Partnerships
Convene and leverage partnerships to make the greatest impact for individuals, neighborhoods and communities.
Empowerment at MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.
Empowerment
Co-create a self-sustaining community where everyone is empowered to live their healthiest life. 

Health at MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.
Health
Improve the health of populations by leading efforts to address social and economic influences.
Opportunity at MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.
Opportunities
Identify and promote opportunities for change in practice, learning and policy.

 

Partnership at MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.
Partnerships
Convene and leverage partnerships to make the greatest impact for individuals, neighborhoods and communities.
Empowerment at MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.
Empowerment
Co-create a self-sustaining community where everyone is empowered to live their healthiest life.