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)

Click here to visit the assessment page

Achieving Transformational Change to Improve Opportunity and Health for All

Achieving Transformational Change to Improve Opportunity and Health for All

Registration is open for the HIP-Cuyahoga Consortium Meeting

Mark your calendars and plan to join HIP-Cuyahoga in our yearly convening.
Date: November 15, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Sheet Metal Workers Hall
12515 Corporate Drive, Parma, OH 44130

Continental breakfast and lunch provided

 

Please join us for HIP-Cuyahoga’s 2018 annual Consortium Meeting! Hear from national and local leaders and join the conversation on how we can sustain our collective efforts, maximize our impact, and transform our region’s health.

Keynote Speaker: Bobby Milstein, ReTHINK Health

Bobby Milstein leads several ReThink Health projects focused on large-scale institutional change, including ongoing development of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model and other tools that allow leaders to negotiate their own scenarios for transforming regional health. Previously, Bobby spent 20 years planning and evaluating system-oriented initiatives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and was the principal architect of CDC’s framework for program evaluation. He received CDC’s Honor Award for Excellence in Innovation as well as Article of the Year awards for papers published in Health Affairs and Health Promotion Practice. Bobby earned a PhD in public health science from the Union Institute & University, and an MPH from Emory University. He once was a documentary filmmaker and also contributed storylines for The West Wing.

 

 

 

Bobby will discuss opportunities and strategies for transforming health through large-scale institutional and system change. He will underscore insights that have come from looking at how other regional multisector groups develop over time, and how it is necessary to think and act differently together to evolve into a high-functioning and transformational collaborative. Bobby will explore and open conversation about using a fuller range of financing sources to grow and sustain health improvement efforts.

Afternoon Presentations

We will hear from HIP-Cuyahoga partners on their collaborative efforts to transform environments, systems and policies to improve health:

Bike Cleveland 

Building an active transportation culture for better health

 

Northeast Ohio Alliance for HOPE (NOAH) and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Campaign for fair access to high quality supermarkets in Cuyahoga County

 

Policy Bridge and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Using an equity and structural racism lens to influence and shape the combined health assessment and health improvement planning efforts

 

Better Health Partnership and United Way of Greater Cleveland

Accountable Health Communities Project partners discuss alignment with HIP-Cuyahoga and our shared agenda for health improvement for all

Registration is now FULL!

Event supported by RWJF Special Contributions Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation

HIP-Cuyahoga Fall 2018 Newsletter

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

(click on image to download)

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.

We Need Your Help! HIP-Cuyahoga Care Pack Drive for Neighbors in Need

HIP-Cuyahoga is partnering with Philemon Community Baptist Church to help neighbors in need.  We are encouraging all of the partners in the HIP-Cuyahoga network to help collect personal care and hygiene products to be given along with the fresh food pantry bags. Items will be collected from host sites and then assembled into care packs on August 17th. On August 18th, volunteers and 93.1 WZAK will be distributing fresh food and the care packs to neighbors in need. Thanks to members of Helping Hands Development Corporation, Creating Greater Destinies, A Vision of Change, and other local organizations for taking the lead on this effort!

Interested in being a collection site?

Please click here to sign up.

 Collection Site Sign Up

Interested in volunteering during August 17 or 18th?

Click here to sign up to help out.

Volunteer

 

Current Collection Sites – THANK YOU Partners!!

Radio One Cleveland 

6555 Carnegie Ave,

Cleveland, OH 44103

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

5550 Venture Drive

Parma, OH 44130

BioEnterPrise Building

(location of the PRCHN)

10000 Cedar, Cleveland, OH 44106

 

Hanson Services

17017 Madison Ave

Lakewood, OH 44107

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval, Cleveland, OH 44106

Employee site only

Cleveland Institute of Community Health

located at Shore Cultural Center

221 E. 222st St.

Euclid, OH 44123

 Office of Cancer Disparities Research, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

2103 Cornell Road WRB 3-528

Cleveland, OH 44106

 Ritz Carlton Cleveland

1515 West Third Street

Cleveland, OH 44113

   

 

Cuyahoga County supermarket work receives national recognition

CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH RECEIVES 2018 NACCHO MODEL PRACTICE AWARD
CCBH is one of 29 health departments nationwide to be honored for excellence
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health was presented with the 2018 Model Practice Award by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) at its annual conference in July. The award recognizes local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable practices in response to a critical local public health need.
CCBH’s award-winning program, “Implementing High Quality Supermarkets Through Community Organizing and Public Health,” highlights the power of coalition building and resident participation as ways to address unjust access and supermarket quality. The program also focuses on associated issues such as community-based collaboration, employment, and resident quality of life.
OVERVIEW CCBH organized a coalition with the intent of developing a high-quality supermarket in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Euclid, an area with low access to grocery items. The supermarket implementation process was unique as it involved direct participation from nearly 600 local residents. The group offered feedback and oversight in order to ensure food quality standards, to establish and maintain relevance to the neighborhood, and to build trust and accountability with the store owner.
$650,000 was secured by CCBH from a state funding source and the City of Euclid provided $125,000 from its storefront renovation program, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The supermarket now employs 45 workers and sales of fresh produce have exceeded $400,000 in the first ten months of operation.

Click here to read the submission

New Zealand Health Delegation Visit Offers Unique Opportunity to Share Efforts to Achieve Equity

On June 19, seven members of a New Zealand health delegation met with several HIP-Cuyahoga Steering Committee members at a meeting hosted by The Center for Health Affairs. The New Zealand health delegation had learned about HIP-Cuyahoga’s collective efforts to improve health and achieve equity and wanted to learn more about specific strategies used and lessons learned during their visit to several cities in the United States. The meeting offered a unique opportunity to share work done to achieve equity on different sides of the globe.

The New Zealand health executives serve the Māori population, which is the indigenous population in New Zealand. While the Māori population comprises 15 percent of New Zealand’s population, they face many health challenges and have life-expectancy rates which lag those of the majority population. Colonization and disinvestment in the Māori population were cited as reasons for the unequal health outcomes many Māori people experience compared to other ethnic groups in New Zealand.

Highlights of the New Zealand health delegation’s work include efforts to eliminate health disparities for the Māori population, with a particular focus on decreasing rates of chronic disease, smoking cessation, increasing preventive efforts, and increasing the recruitment of Māori people into the healthcare profession. The health delegation shared three things they have learned in their work serving the Māori population:

  • Be deliberate and intentional.
  • Value Māori intelligence.
  • Be champions and be the change you want to be.

Greg Brown and Dr. Heidi Gullett, HIP-Cuyahoga co-chairs, shared background information on HIP-Cuyahoga including how it was formed, the current infrastructure, and the types of organizations and individuals actively participating in the consortium. They shared data showing health disparities in Cuyahoga County, explained why a collective impact approach is used, and described how an equity lens guides efforts to address HIP-Cuyahoga’s four key priority areas:

  • Eliminate structural racism.
  • Healthy eating and active living.
  • Linking clinical and public health.
  • Chronic disease management.

The New Zealand health delegation and members of HIP-Cuyahoga’s Steering Committee noted the many parallels, in terms of health outcomes, experienced by indigenous populations in New Zealand and people of color in Cuyahoga County. While the populations served are different and the historical narrative is not identical, the New Zealand health executives’ intentional efforts to address and eliminate racism are parallel to HIP-Cuyahoga’s efforts to eliminate structural racism.

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 radio show

Four members of the HIP-Cuyahoga team created a radio show that aired on WZAK’s Facebook Live and on NewsTalk 1490 on May 13, 2018. Greg Brown, Co-chair for HIP-Cuyahoga shared our purpose, and explained how all neighborhoods are not created equally. Michele Benko, co-chair of the Healthy Eating and Active Living Subcommittee shared what the HEAL group is up to and some recent successes. Delores Collins shared how she is involved with several HIP-Cuyahoga initiatives and plays a key role with engaging the community in the work. Lowell King shared how he has partnered with HIP-Cuyahoga so that he can bring wellness activities to FDR Academy.

 

This show aired live on WZAK 93.1FM’s Facebook page. The video is embedded here as well.

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.

Click the image to download the newsletter

Page 1 of 3123