Community Health Needs
As more elements of the Affordable Care Act become available, hospitals are taking on a larger role in identifying and addressing the critical health needs of the communities they serve.
Mercy has created a Mercy Community Needs Brochure
to help illustrate programs and initiatives within Mercy that work to address these identified community needs.
Mercy is committed to the mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities. As such, Mercy has joined forces with other colleagues and healthcare organizations to create programs that promote healthy living. For example, Mercy has supported and invested in the Healthy Lucas County Health Assessment as well as help create a strategic plan to establish improvements in each of the five health priorities identified.
Health priorities identified for Lucas County include:
1. Identify and address persistent health disparity by partnering with other agencies to improve employment, housing and health care access to issues for those persons/populations most in need.
2. Promote healthy living, optimum body weight and a reduction in chronic diseases by increasing access to fresh fruits, vegetables and physical activity for adults, youth and children.
3. Improve health by decreasing the rate of cardiovascular diseases and cancers by reducing leading risk factor, the rate of tobacco use by adults and youth.
4. Increase the safety of Lucas County youth and children by decreasing the incidence of bullying and youth involved in multiple risky behaviors including alcohol and drug use/misuse and being sexually active.
5. Improve quality of life and overall health by increasing access to primary health and dental care resources for adults, youth and children.