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Community Health Needs Assessment

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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 Hospital community mission - whether we are expanding care to over 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 (CHNA) every three years of children living in Ashland, Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. During the needs assessment process, we review local epidemiologic data and compare it against state averages and Healthy People 2020 objectives. We also obtain valuable input from community leaders and residents, and review 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 children and families they serve.

CHNA Community 2020-2022 Health Priorities

2020-2022 Community Health Priorities

Mental & behavioral health services as well as ACEs comprise a common priority. ACEs are types of abuse (verbal, sexual, physical), neglect (emotional, physical, educational) & other potentially traumatic experiences that happen to those under age 18. READ MORE

More than 1-in-7 children in the region have been diagnosed with asthma. Common triggers include: dust, pets, mold, cigarettes, poor air quality, illness, exercise and stress.  READ MORE

In Ohio, more than 7 babies per 1,000 live births die before their first birthday, making Ohio's infant mortality rate the 8th highest in the country.  READ MORE

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 working across hospital disciplines and collaborating with community partners to address priority needs from the CHNA.

Please check back in spring 2020 for our 2020-2022 reports.