In April 2017, United Way of Greater Cleveland was one of 32 organizations in the country to receive federal money to support efforts over a 5-year period, to link health care and social services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded the organization a $4.51 million grant to establish the CMS Accountable Health Communities Model, which aims to address the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
Better Health Partnership is contributing its' expertise in project management and health system performance improvement to the effort – working with MetroHealth, Cleveland Clinic, St. Vincent Charity and Care Alliance Health systems. The grant also enables United Way to organize an advisory committee of partners including the clinical sites, as well as , CareSource, Case Western Reserve University's Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Center on Urban Poverty, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Hyland and Ohio Department of Medicaid. "In this model, we will support community-based innovation to deliver local solutions that address a broader array of health-related needs of people across the country," said Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS deputy administrator for innovation and quality.