For more than a century, Mercy Medical Center has been dedicated to providing quality, compassionate, affordable and accessible care for the whole person. This deeply rooted mission calls us to continually enhance our programs and services on behalf of patients and their families and to consistently collaborate with other community organizations to care for the underserved and vulnerable in Stark County, Ohio, and surrounding areas.
In 2010, the Stark County Health Department began facilitating the community health assessment process to meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) for nonprofit hospitals and Public Health Accreditation Board standards for health departments. This process is supported and guided by local health departments, health care systems, mental health organizations, social service agencies, and non-profit organizations. The assessment process is an ongoing cycle that includes: building partnerships; coordinating a consortium; assessing data, community needs, and capacity; and conducting planning, prioritization, interventions, implementation, and evaluation. This report begins the 3-year cycle and will include the release of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) in 2020. The Center for Marketing and Opinion Research (CMOR) was selected by the Advisory Committee to conduct data collection and analysis for the CHNA through four project phases.
After gathering data, CMOR compiled the information, by source into a report narrative, with supporting charts and tables. When available, data was compared to previous year’s information and other geographic areas such as Ohio or the United States. Analysis included survey data, and health and demographic data. Utilizing all available data, CMOR identified priority health needs for the county including (in alphabetical order):
- Access to health care and dental care
- Heroin / opiate use
- Infant mortality
- Mental health services / suicide
- Obesity and healthy lifestyle