ProMedica has been an industry leader in social determinants of health for years. Explore this page to learn more about our history in this work, national partnerships, thought leadership, and media presence.
In 2015, ProMedica joined with the AARP Foundation to form The Root Cause Coalition. Now 75+ organizations deep, Root Cause works to reverse and end the systemic root causes of health inequities for individuals and communities through cross-sector partnerships. As part of this work, Root Cause produces ongoing thought leadership like these webinars on Food Insecurity and Housing, and this 2020 Status of Health Equity Report.
In 2017, ProMedica was also a founding member of the Healthcare Anchor Network, a growing national collaboration of more than 45 leading healthcare systems. The long-term goal of the Network is to reach a critical mass of health systems adopting the “Anchor Model” as an institutional priority – that is, working to improve community health and well-being by leveraging all their assets, including hiring, purchasing, and investment for equitable, local economic impact. By doing so, health systems can powerfully impact the upstream determinants of health and help build inclusive and sustainable local economies.
Ten Years of Experience
ProMedica began treating hunger as a health issue in 2009. From there, the work continued to expand.
- In 2013, ProMedica began screening patients for food security
- In 2014, ProMedica hosted the inaugural Hunger Summit in Washington, DC, in partnership with Alliance to End Hunger
- In 2015, ProMedica’s food clinic opened, offering referred patients 2-3 days’ worth of food for their household, nutrition services and connections to community resources
- Later in 2015, ProMedica opened the Ebeid Institute in UpTown Toledo thanks to a $28.5 million gift from the Ebeid Family. The Institute included Market on the Green, a full-service grocery store in a designated food desert, as well as a job training program, life skills training, and Financial Opportunity Center.
- In 2017, ProMedica launched SDOH screening for inpatient and outpatient including questions relating to education, employment, food, housing, transportation and violence
- In 2019, ProMedica expanded Screening into Primary Care for 10 SDOH domains
Read more detail on ProMedica’s story in Social Determinants of Health
In the News
ProMedica’s Social Determinants of Health work and team are regularly cited and quoted in state, regional, and national publications. Promising results from ProMedica’s Food as Medicine work were even highlighted in the Wall Street Journal.
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Explore these insightful and thought-provoking articles about the social determinants of health. Written by experts at the ProMedica National Social Determinants of Health Institute, we hope our ideas will help fuel your inspiration to be a catalyst of change in your own community. If you read something you like, please share it with others. Together, let’s keep the conversation going about ways we can improve the health and well-being of our communities.