Providing healthcare tailored to the needs of children and families throughout northern Ohio is at the heart of Akron Children’s Hospital’s community mission - whether we’re expanding care to more than 80 service locations, or taking a closer look at the care offered at these locations.
We are also partnering with Akron General Health System and Summa Health System to conduct a formal community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years for children and adults in Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, and Wayne counties. A similar partnership exists between Akron Children’s and Kent State University to conduct a CHNA for Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbia counties.
During these needs assessments, epidemiologic data are reviewed and compared against two peer counties, the state, the nation, and Healthy People 2020 objectives.Input is also obtained from community leaders and residents, as well as CHNAs conducted by other organizations.
The resulting list of prioritized health needs has been collected into separate CHNA reports for the Greater Akron region and the Mahoning Valley. These reports will be used by Akron Children’s Hospital to guide intervention and outreach efforts aimed at improving community health.
The information in these reports will also serve as a resource for other community groups to improve the health of the community
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