SRH’s community benefits 2018 report online now
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.”