Programs and Activities

Health Equity

Nationally recognized strategies to reduce disparities across subpopulations capitalize on health information tools and partnerships in the community. Adoption and spread of best practices for conditions document better care in disadvantaged populations.

Population Health

Increased attention to population management and a search for new ways to transform health care across patient populations has led to more holistic, cross-sector collaboration that leverages both clinical interventions and non-medical community resources.

Children's Health Initiative

Reducing infant mortality rates. Prematurity is the largest contributing factor to infant mortality in Cuyahoga County. BHP is part of First Year Cleveland's efforts to prevent infant deaths related to extreme prematurity. It deploys its data capabilities and established programs to increase understanding of the factors contributing to infant deaths and identify and spread best practices to ensure healthy, full-term babies.
Targeting improvements in obesity and asthma in children. Childhood obesity is the most common chronic disease in children and reliably results in chronic disease in adulthood. Asthma increases school absenteeism and avoidable hospital admissions. BHP collaborates to strengthen primary care and improve the health of children and their families by connecting families to resources in the community. Neighborhood-level maps of children with these conditions identify "hot spots" to address.
Partnering with United Way 211 Help Center to connect patients to community resources. BHP and United Way 211 Help Center join forces to build a scalable model to bridge the divide between individuals' needs and community resources to abate them. The program enables primary care practices to refer patients to 211 for help and establish two-way communications between clinics and 211 navigators, facilitating follow-up. The program aligns with United Way of Greater Cleveland's Accountable Health Communities federal grant, in which BHP also plays a role.

Chronic Disease in Adults

Transforming primary care delivery for better outcomes. Better Health Partnership plays a major role in a federally funded statewide effort to help primary care practices adopt functions of high-performing sites to improve care and outcomes. We assist 184 primary care practices across 27 northern Ohio counties, with two other regional health improvement collaboratives working downstate, to improve care and outcomes under a Comprehensive Primary Care Plus federal grant awarded to the Health Collaborative in Cincinnati.
Improving rates of well-managed hypertension: a best practice. BHP's 2012 routine analyses of patient data from diverse practice sites found a dramatic rise in blood pressure control concentrated in one health system that achieved BP control for up to 90 percent of its high blood pressure patients. Inquiries uncovered a new care process that BHP adapted to benefit all patient populations. BHP offers an online toolkit to help practices implement the best practice and consultants who can help with implementation.
Cardiovascular Disease Best Practices Network. BHP is a founding member of an Ohio-based initiative to identify and disseminate best practices for primary care providers who care for patients insured by Ohio Medicaid. Goals include expanding capacity of primary care teams to prevent, diagnose and effectively treat patients by implementing technology to enable virtual training for remote practices. BHP partners with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the awardee of Ohio Department of Medicaid grant that supports the initiative.

Core Activities

  • Timely and trusted data inform practice-level and community-wide improvement; expert analyses reveal best practices to share for broad adoption.
  • Learning Collaborative Summits where crosstown competitors meet, learn together and share effective improvement strategies.
  • Annual events engage the community with reports on improvement, challenges and health policy implications.
  • Experienced consultants go onsite to help practices adopt best practices and accelerate change.