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About the Community Health Needs Assessment

Providing healthcare tailored to the needs of children and families is at the heart of Akron Children's community mission - whether we are expanding care to 90 service locations, or taking a closer look at the care offered at these locations. 

To identify and understand the needs of communities we serve, Akron Children's conducts a formal community health needs assessment every three years of children living in Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. ​​​​During the needs assessment process, we review epidemiologic data and compare it against two peer counties, the state, the nation, and Healthy People 2020 objectives. We also obtain input from community leaders and residents, and review 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 and Mahoning Valley regions. These reports 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 communities. 


Executive Summary Reports

Provides a description of the assessment process, as well as an overview of the results.

Implementation Strategy Report

Outlines how implementation teams at Akron Children's Hospital are addressing the highest needs in our community.

Community Benefit

Community benefit measures the investments we make in the well-being of children, as well as the positive impact we have in the communities where we live and work. It includes the resources we devote to programs, services and activities that meet identified community needs and one of the following criteria:

  • Improve access to healthcare services
  • Enhance public health of the community
  • Advance medical or health knowledge
  • Relieve or reduce the burden of government or other community efforts

Our community benefit investment includes:

  • The losses we incur to cover the costs of providing medical care to patients whose families are unable to pay for all or part of their care
  • The community outreach, education and wellness programs we engage in for which we're not reimbursed
  • The gap between the cost of providing care to Medicaid patients and the reimbursements we receive for those services
  • The costs of education and training for medical professionals, students and other community caregivers
  • The costs of funding research projects, advocacy programs and the volunteers and in-kind donations we make to support our community partners and other non-profit organizations

In sum, it's our total investments of time, resources and funding to enhance the health and well-being of children and their families.

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