SRH’s com­mu­nity ben­e­fits 2018 re­port on­line now

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EAS­TON — Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health’s 2018 Com­mu­nity Health Im­prove­ment Re­port has been pub­lished on­line.

It is avail­able for view­ing at www.umms.org/shore/ news/2018/um-shore-re gional-healths-2018-com mu­nity-health-im­prove­ment-2018. Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, UM Shore Re­gional Health’s most re­cent Com­mu­nity Health Needs As­sess­ment was con­ducted in 2016. It iden­ti­fied top health con­cerns in the re­gion: chronic dis­ease man­age­ment no­tably for obe­sity, hy­per­ten­sion, di­a­betes and tobacco use; be­hav­ioral health; ac­cess to care; can­cer; and out­reach and ed­u­ca­tion in­clud­ing for pre­ven­tive care, screen­ings and health lit­er­acy.

These are the same top health con­cerns and health bar­ri­ers in­di­cated by the over­all Mary­land De­part­ment of Health and Men­tal Hy­giene State Health Im­prove­ment Process county data, the re­lease states.

UM Shore Re­gional Health de­ter­mined that the great­est trans­for­ma­tion in pop­u­la­tion health in the five-county re­gion would be achieved by fo­cus­ing on chronic dis­ease man­age­ment, be­hav­ioral health and can­cer screen­ings, the re­lease states. An im­ple­men­ta­tion plan was re­port­edly de­vel­oped for each pri­or­ity, with key ac­tiv­i­ties to im­prove care co­or­di­na­tion and health ed­u­ca­tion in com­mu­nity set­tings.

As de­tailed in the new re­port, the to­tal value of UM Shore Re­gional Health’s com­mu­nity health im­prove­ment ini­tia­tives dur­ing 2018 ex­ceeds $40 mil­lion.

Ken Kozel, UM Shore Re­gional Health pres­i­dent and CEO, and Kath­leen Mc­Grath, re­gional di­rec­tor for out­reach and com­mu­nity health, said the doc­u­ment “re­flects UM Shore Re­gional Health’s com­mit­ment to build­ing com­mu­nity part­ner­ships that help fos­ter bet­ter health out­side the walls of our hos­pi­tals and out­pa­tient fa­cil­i­ties, while en­hanc­ing ac­cess to care and the over­all qual­ity of life in the five coun­ties we serve.”

KEN KOZEL

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