Akron General Medical Center's mission is to improve the health and lives of our patients and community. We strive to achieve this by making available the highest level of care possible, but also by exploring community health needs and meeting them through free and low-cost screenings and by providing in-kind services and support for other community programs.
Community Health Priorities Community health initiatives support the Akron General Medical Center's priorities in the area of heart and vascular, cancer, trauma and critical care, psychiatry, and maternal and child health. They must meet one or more of the following objectives:
Reduce the area's infant mortality rate
Reduce acute illness of those unable to pay for their care through prevention and early intervention
Reduce substance abuse
Improve the access to primary health care services for the community
Reduce trauma injuries through prevention programming and research activities
Community Partnerships to Improve Health Improving the health of the community is a priority for Akron General Medical Center, but no one can do it alone. The health status of the greater Akron area is tied into medical, social, economic and environmental issues, so our partnerships with Akron area organizations allow us to make a bigger impact together.
Akron General's Community Health Program involves a committee of board members from the community and hospital clinical staff members who work together to identify health needs and develop initiatives that effectively address those needs. By reaching into the community and developing initiatives with area organizations, we believe we can make a difference before health concerns reach critical levels.
Organizations interested in collaborating on a project that improves the community's health, may contact Akron General's Community Health Program Director at 330-344-7101.
CHI Endowment Fund The Community Health Initiatives Endowment Fund, established in 1998 through donor contributions to the Akron General Foundation's Annual Appeal, can provide dollars or other support for collaborative initiatives that improve our community's health. The Fund supports community programming, distributing no more than 10 % of its endowment base in any given year. The Community Health program has evolved since then from one of simply funding programs, to one in which Akron General proactively participates in identifying and addressing community needs. Grant applications are no longer accepted.
Akron General Community Health Initiatives
Muffins for Mammograms For over a decade, Akron General and Main Street Gourmet have teamed up to host Muffins for Mammograms – an annual program which distributes breast health information along with muffins, cookies and brownies. The proceeds provide screening mammograms at no cost to women who are uninsured. Since 1992, the program has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars which have paid for mammograms for several thousand women.
For women who have no insurance, and are in need of a diagnostic mammogram, call 330-344-BRST (2778). To learn more about how you can support Muffins for Mammograms, visit the Akron General Foundation and visit Attend or Support an Event.
Skins Game Every spring and summer, Akron General Medical Center, the American Cancer Society and the Dermatological Association hit the links and other sporting events to play the Skins Game - a health initiative to educate the community, and especially golfers, about the importance of skin cancer screenings and prevention.
How You Can Help Give Back to the Community Contributions to the Community Health Initiatives Fund of the Akron General Foundation help support community health activities. For more information, contact the Akron General Foundation at 330-344-6888.
Community Health Department Akron General Medical Center 400 Wabash Avenue Akron, Ohio 44307 330-344-7101