Community Health Needs Assessment

Community Health Needs Assessment

Providing healthcare tailored to the needs of children and families throughout northern Ohio is at the heart of Akron Children’s community mission - whether we’re expanding care to 80 service locations, or taking a closer look at the care offered at these locations.

We also partner with Akron General Health System and Summa Health System to conduct a formal community health needs assessment every 3 years for children and adults in Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. We have a similar partnership with Kent State University for Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbia counties.

During these needs assessments, we review epidemiologic data and compare it against 2 peer counties, the state, the nation, and Healthy People 2020 objectives. We also obtain input from community leaders and residents, as well as community health needs assessments conducted by other organizations.

The resulting list of prioritized health needs has been collected into separate reports for the Greater Akron region and the Mahoning Valley. We used these reports to guide our implementation strategies to address the highest priority health needs .

The information in these reports also serves as a resource for other community groups to improve the health of the community.

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