Serving our communities is at the heart of what we do, each and every day. At MedStar Health, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients across our 10 hospitals, ambulatory and urgent care locations, and through telehealth and home care services.
As a healthcare leader in the region, we play an important and significant role in advancing health and partnering with others to facilitate community health improvement. Through a comprehensive approach to health and wellness, we strive to enhance health outcomes through better care that emphasizes prevention, builds awareness and fosters independence—especially in underserved communities adversely impacted by disease, health disparities and socioeconomic barriers to optimal health. Community education and partnerships remain critical to achieving this goal.
Community Health Needs Assessment
Every three years, the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is conducted to identify the community’s significant health needs and to refresh MedStar Health’s priorities and strategies to address those needs.
Reports to the Community
The annual Report to the Community showcases programs and services that improve health across the region. This report includes stories that reflect MedStar Health’s full commitment to community through community relations activities, community-engaged research, and our ambulatory and population health strategies.
Community Health Classes
We care about the health and wellness of every member of our community. That’s why we provide a variety of free and low-cost classes and programs in our hospitals on an ongoing basis. Programs cover a wide range of topics ranging from chronic disease prevention and management for heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity; to mental health support; prenatal wellness to support groups; to smoking cessation classes; and more. Visit MedStarHealth.org/mhs/events/ to see a list of classes offered and details about each one.
Community Health Advocates
A team of community based public health workers addressing the non-medical challenges that interfere with overall health. By connecting patients to local community support services including food, transportation, housing, utility access and to county and federal assistance programs. Click here to learn more.
Peer Recovery Coaches
Provide patients who have sought treatment for alcohol or drug dependency and addiction issues with the emotional support needed to move toward recovery. These coaches, most of whom have personal experience with substance use, assist in connecting patients to treatment services, including support groups, inpatient, and outpatient treatment programs. Click here to learn more.