Cuyahoga County’s first joint community health assessment will help partners achieve the goal of Transforming Health Together

In the ongoing effort to improve health outcomes in Cuyahoga County, local partners, including Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland Department of Public Health, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga), The Center for Health Affairs and University Hospitals (UH), have conducted a joint community health assessment. Previously, public health and hospital community health assessments were completed independently in Cuyahoga County. The 2018 Cuyahoga County Community Health Assessment marks a turning point toward a new, more effective, and collaborative approach to identify the health needs of the community.

The 2018 Cuyahoga County Community Health Assessment is a bridge to the next assessment to be completed in 2019. This assessment enables Cleveland Department of Public Health, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and eight hospitals in the University Hospitals health system to partner and collaborate on a smaller scale prior to conducting a more comprehensive health assessment next year.

 

This collaborative community health assessment represents a new way of working together as we highlight a shared vision of improved health for our community,” said Dr. Heidi Gullett, HIP-Cuyahoga co-chair and assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “This process brought together both local health departments and University Hospitals to focus on what matters most to our community. The relationships built during this process will enable a comprehensive and inclusive 2019 assessment which will result in new shared priorities on which we will all work together for the next three years. This is a critical step in moving toward equity, creating opportunity for everyone to be healthy, in Cuyahoga County.

 

The 2019 health assessment will include the current partners as well as additional Cuyahoga County hospitals and stakeholders that are not required to report until 2019. This will ensure that authentic community engagement is a central part of the planning and improvement process.

 

This is a really exciting moment that would not have been possible without many incredibly committed individuals working for years to build trust and create systems change within their organizations,” said Kirstin Craciun, director of community outreach at The Center for Health Affairs. “Hospital and public health stakeholders have demonstrated the ability to find tangible ways of working together, with community, with the goal of creating opportunities for all of our residents to achieve their highest health potential.” Dr. Gullett and Craciun co-chaired the 2018 health assessment steering committee.

 

While the region boasts first-class health care at its highly rated healthcare institutions, Cuyahoga County ranks in the bottom third in Ohio for health outcomes. Some Cuyahoga County residents are born and live in communities where it is difficult to grow up healthy and maintain good health. Favorable living conditions and opportunities for physical, emotional, and social growth form the foundation for health; without these, people are more likely to live shorter, sicker lives.

 

Recognizing the opportunity to improve health outcomes through more coordinated, equity-grounded health planning, HIP-Cuyahoga prioritized the need to create stronger connections between public and clinical health in 2015. HIP-Cuyahoga is a cross-sector partnership working to build opportunities for everyone in Cuyahoga County to have a fair chance to be healthy.  This approach was chosen based on the belief that it will help reduce barriers and create opportunities for all to reach their fullest health potential in Cuyahoga County.

 

A critical first step in achieving more aligned community health planning in Cuyahoga County has been the development of a joint community health assessment among public health and hospital stakeholders. Certain hospitals are required to complete a community health needs assessment, commonly referred to as CHNA, and corresponding implementation strategy at least once every three years. This assessment meets federal I.R.S. requirements for the 2018 CHNA for UH Ahuja Medical Center, UH Regional Hospitals (Bedford and Richmond Campuses), The Parma Community General Hospital Association d/b/a UH Parma Medical Center, UH St. John Medical Center, UH Cleveland Medical Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and UH Beachwood Rehabilitation Hospital, LLC. Completing a community health assessment and a corresponding community health improvement plan are also integral parts of the process that local and state health departments must undertake to obtain accreditation. Conducting collaborative assessments has shown to be an effective way to make real improvements in health outcomes in other Ohio counties and areas outside of Cuyahoga County and, most remarkably, in New York State, where they improved their state health ranking to 10th place from 40th in the U.S. over the last two decades.

 

The Cleveland Department of Public Health, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and University Hospitals were all required to complete a community health assessment in 2018 and chose to work collaboratively to develop a single, coordinated report. This shift in the way health assessments are conducted by Cuyahoga County’s two local public health stakeholders and one of its largest healthcare systems is a deliberate attempt to work together more effectively and efficiently. Further, it demonstrates the commitment of these partners to gaining a deeper understanding of the significant health inequities that have plagued our county.

 

Based on the health needs identified in the 2018 Cuyahoga County Community Health Assessment, the following represents the list of prioritized health needs that will be the focus of the one-year equity-grounded implementation plan:

 

  1. Poverty (i.e., healthy homes, food insecurity)
  2. Opioids / substance use disorders / mental and behavioral health
  3. Infant mortality
  4. Homicides / violence / safety
  5. Chronic disease management and prevention (i.e., cancer, diabetes, COPD, asthma, cardiovascular disease, healthy eating / active living)

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Grand Opening for Simon’s Buckeye October 6th!

Simon’s Supermarket in Buckeye had their “soft opening” a couple weeks ago and are now open for business!  Stop by for the Grand Opening, taking place on Saturday, October 6th from 12 – 3 pm at 11501 Buckeye Rd.

This store was implemented through a strong partnership from community residents, city leaders, health departments and  local organizations. Community organizing and resident feedback was a key component to the success of this store opening. Over the past year, hundreds of Buckeye/Cleveland residents organized forums, walk throughs and even a job fair to make sure that store ownership hears the community’s priorities.

Residents democratically developed expectations related to quality, safety, service and local hiring and worked with store ownership to implement them.

Some expectations from resident feedback sessions:

High quality, fresh food, priced affordably

A safe place that is well-lit, and has security

A clean, sanitary store

Friendly and professional employees

Convenient hours and adequate check out lanes

Accessibility features for people with disabilities

 

 

 

 

The City of Cleveland provided $1 million in funding support (mostly grants) and the Healthy Food for Ohio Program provided almost $1 million in loans.  Without this support, the project would not have been possible.

The store is 55,000+ square feet and will employ 80+ workers.  This store occupies the site of the Giant Eagle that closed in February 2017.  Strong resident organizing following the store closure created urgency for this project.

Campaign for Quality Supermarkets

Join the effort to ensure that all neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County have access to high quality food.

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HIP-Cuyahoga Fall 2018 Newsletter

We are pleased to introduce the HIP-Cuyahoga fall 2018 newsletter.

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In this issue you will find:

Partner Highlight: University Hospitals
University Hospitals Approaches Community Health Improvement through a Health Equity Lens.

Community Champion Spotlight
HIP-Cuyahoga community health ambassadors lead the resident engagement work as we strive to be community led.

Subcommittee Updates 
The four subcommittees, Chronic Disease Management,
Eliminating Structural Racism, Linking Clinical and Public Health and Healthy Eating and Active Living have been busy throughout the past year.

Perspective Transformation Capacity Building
HIP-Cuyahoga co-chair, Greg Brown shares insights into one of our key approaches.

Huge Crowd Attends Get Healthy Event at Parkwood Drive Thru

On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, HIP-Cuyahoga and the Good Food Here team held a Get Healthy Event at Parkwood Drive Thru in Glenville. DJ Haz Matt and the WZAK promotions team came out to let everyone know about the event and created two Facebook Live videos.  Vegan Vicki, a chef from Urban Sweetness made healthy veggie stir fry to share with guests. Community Health Workers from Cleveland State University provided free health screenings.  Parkwood Drive Thru offers a variety of fresh produce, dairy, and meats, and ready to eat rice bowls, baked chicken and fruit cups from Fruitalicious.

HIP-Cuyahoga Spring 2018 Newsletter

Introducing HIP-Cuyahoga’s Spring 2018 Newsletter

We are pleased to introduce the HIP-Cuyahoga spring 2018 newsletter. In this issue you will find:

Partner Highlight: United Way. 
United Way – 211 Accountable Health Communities project.

Community Champion Spotlight
HIP-Cuyahoga community health ambassadors lead the resident engagement work as we strive to be community led.

Subcommittee Updates 
The four subcommittees, Chronic Disease Management,
Eliminating Structural Racism, Linking Clinical and Public Health and Healthy Eating and Active Living have been busy throughout the past year.

Collective Impact Capacity Building
HIP-Cuyahoga uses a collective impact approach.

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New HIP-Cuyahoga video describes how we learn from history to make our future healthier

Throughout 2017, HIP-Cuyahoga has worked with a local film company, Cinecraft Productions to create a video series. The first video describes the problems HIP-Cuyahoga is working on and our collective efforts to ensure that Cuyahoga County is healthy for EVERYONE. HIP-Cuyahoga recognizes that opportunities are not the same for everyone in Cuyahoga County. Many racial and ethnic groups face steep obstacles and barriers to living healthy and prosperous lives. To build opportunities for everyone in the county to be healthy, HIP-Cuyahoga is learning and understanding how historical policies and practices have shaped current differences in community conditions and opportunities to be healthy, and is now thinking, understanding, valuing and taking action differently.  With this historical perspective and understanding, HIP-Cuyahoga is working with organizations, institutions, key decision makers, community leaders and others to address the structural, systemic and institutional barriers at the root of these opportunity differences.  This video was created with the generous support of the Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland.

 

 

HIP-Cuyahoga Celebrated with Cecil and All the City on Saturday!

HIP-Cuyahoga teamed up with Neighborhood Leadership Institute and Cleveland State’s Community Health Workers to bring the good news about healthy eating and active living in Cuyahoga County at the All City Community Celebration at Wade Oval on Saturday. Cecil Shorts III, an NFL wide receiver from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attended Collinwood High School. He and his wife are dedicated to the Cleveland community, and organized this event to continue to spread the word about health and wellness around town. HIP-Cuyahoga community ambassadors promoted healthy eating and active living resources around Cuyahoga County, gave out healthy snacks, and engaged with community members to get more folks involved.