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OVERVIEW

One of the fundamental roles of county government is the delivery of health and social services.  The complexity of coordinating the work of myriad systems and hundreds of public and nonprofit providers in Summit County is enormous.  The Social Services Advisory Board (SSAB) has assumed the role of building collaboration between these systems and assuring that the needs of our most vulnerable citizens are addressed consistently, professionally, and effectively through the Quality of Life Project.

The Quality of Life Project will...
  1. Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment.
  2. Establish county-wide goals for improvements in the quality of life.
  3. Develop collaborative plans involving all public systems to work more effectively on behalf of the county's citizens.

A special SSAB working group has been guiding the work of the consultants on this project, and many other community leaders are actively engaged in the process.  In addition, the results of other recent needs assessments in the County will be integrated into the environmental assessment through collaboration with the Knight Foundation, United Way and Akron Community Foundation.  

The Quality of Life Project consists of four interrelated sets of planning activities.  First, a workforce development plan will outline an integrated approach to both those seeking work and employers.  Second, a plan for delinquency prevention and juvenile justice will be developed and implemented, based on the state of Ohio's Partnership for Success program.  Third, a series of achievable goals for measureable improvements in the quality of life in Summit County will be established; each of the publicly funded health and social service systems will be asked to develop plans to help achieve these goals.  And fourth, grassroots community planning will take place in three pilot neighborhoods.  Citizens will participate in adopting their own goals for improving the quality of their lives and aligning the project's comprehensive service delivery plans with their objectives.

The Quality of Life Project, under the guidance of the Social Services Advisory Board, will lead Summit County to new, unprecedented success in the age-old battle to improve health, expand economic opportunity, and reduce poverty and its ill effects.



COMMITTEES - Click on the tabs to open the panels
  • Behav Health
  • Case Mgt/ Data Shar
  • Court/Social Svcs
  • Crim Just & Public Safety
  • Data & Statistics
  • Early Child
  • Family Health
  • Finance Forum
  • Financ Lit
  • Housing Aff
  • IEWD
  • Nbhd-Barberton
  • Nbhd-Buchtel
  • NbhdLakemore
  • Nbhd-Twinsburg
  • Older Adults
  • PfS
  • Systems Mgt

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Several of the Summit 2010 committees identified behavioral health as a critical issue in Summit County.  For this reason, the Summit 2010 Transition Plan identified it as a priority issue for the project to address. Chaired by Don Davies, Executive Director of the Summit County ADM Board, the Behavioral Health Committee will address all related special needs populations in the mental health, alcohol/drug, and MR/DD categories.

Minutes-11/28/07

The Case Management/Data Sharing Committee is charged with the following goal: GOAL 9

Description: Develop a case management data system
Committee: Case Management/Data Sharing Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Rich Marountas, Heather Beaird, Mark Salling
Community Leaders: To be determined
Action: Develop inventory of case/client information currently shared among public health and social service agencies and between such agencies and contract providers; collect specs on current systems.
Status: Complete
Last
Updated:
11/28/2005
Action: Survey/Interview public agency directors and key staff regarding basic case/client information that would be helpful to share and uses for such shared information
Status: Complete
Last
Updated:
11/28/2005
Action: Identify improvements in case coordination between public systems that would improve quality and effectiveness of services to clients served by multiple health and social service systems.
Status: Complete
Last
Updated:
11/28/2005
Action: Identify regulatory and statutory barriers to sharing case/client information and protocols/procedures required to do so under current law and regulation
Status: Ongoing
Last
Updated:
07/11/2007
Action: Define improvements in case management protocols among public systems and between public systems and contract agencies that could be implemented by 12/31/2005, together with detailed plans for initiating improvements, training staff, and evaluating progress
Status: Complete
Last
Updated:
01/19/2006
Action: Develop detailed proposed timelines for development, installation, testing and training for case management information that will provide basic shared information between public health and social service systems and between public systems and contract agencies
Status: Complete
Last
Updated:
01/19/2006
Action: Prepare and release Request for Proposals for case management information that will provide basic shared information among public health and social service agencies and to extent applicable, contract providers; develop specifications to allow open architecture for future enhancements.
Status: Complete- Contract awarded to Provider Gateway
Last
Updated:
01/19/2006
Action: Identify financial resources for improvements in case management information for basic shared information consistent with RFP
Status: Complete
Last
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01/19/2006
Action: Initiate improvements in case management protocols
Status: Complete
Last
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01/19/2006
Action: Award contract for improved shared case management information system providing basic shared information among public health and social service agencies and between them and contract provider
Status: Complete
Last
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01/19/2006
Action: Develop and pilot a shared case management information system providing basic shared information among public health and social service agencies and between them and contract provider
Status: Complete. Partner agencies have been identified (DJFS, SCCS, SC Juvenile Court, SCMR/DD), cost sharing arrangements are currently being finalized.
Last
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04/19/2007
Action: a. Draft and get approval on interagency agreements which will permit agencies to share data with approved case workers
Status: Interagency agreements have been drafted to permit data sharing
Last
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04/19/2007
Action: b. Identify data elements from each partner agency which will be shared with other agencies
Status: Complete
Last
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04/19/2007
Action: c. Develop sofware package to facilitate data sharing efforts
Status: Complete. ProviderGateway has developed software package and has begun populating the system with DJFS data
Last
Updated:
04/19/2007
Action: Field-test data sharing pilot
Status: Underway. Once interagency agreements have been finalized, data sharing can begin.
Last
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04/19/2007

 

The Court and Social Services Committee is chaired by Andrew Bauer, Court Executive Officer of the Summit County Common Pleas Court.  

The committee is charged with the following goal: GOAL 7
Description: Create a system to increase coordination and communication between courts and public social services systems
Committee: Court & Social Services
Staff Person Responsible: Sharon Weitzenhof
Community Leaders: Andy Bauer, Summit County Common Pleas Court
Action: The plan calls for the establishment of a work group composed of Common Pleas court staff and representatives of major social service and health agencies.
Status: Complete
Last Updated: 11/30/2005
Action: This work group will develop an interagency liaisons and a system of procedures between the courts and other respective agencies.
Status: Complete
Last Updated: 07/02/2007
Action: To create a court directory to be used by court personal for sentencing and referrals.
Status: Complete
Last Updated: 07/02/2007
Action: The work group will identify and implement initiatives to improve coordination
Status: Complete - Social Service Fair was held May 2006. These will be held annually with the 2007 Fair being scheduled for September.
Last Updated: 07/02/2007
Action: Expand Mental Health and Drug Courts
Status: Complete - Felony Drug Court was enhanced by taking over all felony drug cases from Akron Minicipal Court. Funding will be requested in future for Mental Health Court. Available grants currently do not allow for violent offenders.
Last Updated: 07/02/2007
Action: Aid Court in coordinating casework for dual diagnosed clients (mental illness combined with substance abuse)
Status: This topic will be set for discussions in upcoming committee meetings.
Last Updated: 07/02/2007
Action: Request agencies appoint liason to Court to expedite case management
Status: Complete
Last Updated: 07/02/2007
Action: Enhance network of services for 1st-time offenders
Status: As the Adult Probation Department moves toward evidence-based practices, the focus on 1st-time offenders will be greatly enhanced. A program for these offenders should be set by mid-year 2008 and reviewed for results thereafter.
Last Updated: 07/02/2007
Action: Criminal mediation program
Status:
Last Updated: 03/31/2006
Action: Treat drug issues vs. incarceration
Status: This topic will be set for discussions in upcoming committee meetings.
Last Updated: 03/31/2006
Action: Preventive services for families
Status: This topic will be set for discussions in upcoming committee meetings.
Last Updated: 03/31/2006

The Criminal Justice/Public Safety Sub-Committee is chaired by Natalie Michailides, Justice Planning Coordinator for Summit County Criminal Justice Affairs Division.  
The committee is charged with the following indicators: 
IND 7

Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Criminal Justice Advisory & Public Safety Committee
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
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IND 8

Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Criminal Justice Advisory & Public Safety Committee
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
Action:
Status:
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The Data and Statistics Committee is chaired by Dimitre Stefanov, biostatistician for The University of Akron and the Summit County Combined General Health District.   Committee members meet on an “as needed” basis to review all available data sources and to discuss any data issues that arise within the Summit 2010 Project.

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The Early Childhood Committee is chaired by Bonnie Pitzer, Director of Summit County Family & Children First Council.  
The committee is charged with the following goals* and indicators:  
*Goal 4 was originally assigned to Partnerships for Success but has since been moved under the responsibility of the Early Childhood Committee.

GOAL 3
Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Early Childhood Committee
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
Action:
Status:
Last Updated: 10/25/2010

 

 

IND 9
Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Early Childhood Committee
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
Action:
Status:
Last Updated: 10/25/2010

 

 

IND 10
Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Early Childhood Committee
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
Action:
Status:
Last Updated: 10/25/2010

 

IND 11

Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Early Childhood Committee
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
Action:
Status:
Last Updated: 10/25/2010

 

IND 12

Description: Increase secondary school attendance
Committee: Early Childhood Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Donna Skoda (PFS), Sharon Weitzenhof (Neighborhood groups)
Community Leaders: Bonnie Pitzer, Pastor Brian Cowen (Barberton), Pastor Eugene Norris (Buchtel)
Action: After school and additional programs- outreach to kids not attending – target priority clusters.
Status: Completed
Last Updated: 11/30/2005
Action: a. Identify existing programs that target attendance with the at risk population; student led programs at, such as at Perkins School Project GRAD
Status: Completed
Last Updated: 11/30/2005
Action: b. Identify & target the small percentage (5-7%) of kids who bring down the attendance record of the entire school
Status: Completed
Last Updated: 11/30/2005
Action: c. Identify & encourage use of national model program components that are effective in increasing attendance; utilize evaluation from local programs Project THRIVE
Status: Completed
Last Updated: 11/30/2005
Action: d. Expand projects for children exhibiting problem behaviors (truancy) that already seem to be working or are based on evidence-based approaches.
Status: Completed
Last Updated: 11/30/2005
Action: Decrease the number of children exposed to violence
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 01/18/2006
Action: a. Greenleaf Family Center will work collaboratively with Summit County Juvenile Court to establish a well-coordinated, timely response for youth who have been charged with domestic violence. This includes proper screening and assessment, evaluation of factors contributing to the violence, family counseling and case management services to ensure that youth will not have a repeat offence for the same type of behavior. The program is funded through PRC and DYS Title II Grant.
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 01/18/2006
Action: b. A social marketing campaign designed to create a community culture that is non-accepting of children’s exposure to violence is proposed. Social marketing is the application of commercial marketing to change people’s behavior for the benefit of the consumer and/or of society as a whole. By increasing the number of community members who understand the devastating impact that witnessing violence has on children, we increase the numbers of individuals who are motivated to act in the best interests of children. The social change that occurs under these circumstances increases the percent of exposed children referred for services while ideally decreasing, over time, the total number of children exposed to violence. Each of these, in conjunction with the process and outcome evaluation, will provide the rationale and model for national replication of this innovative service delivery system to a heretofore un-served population. This will be administered by Children’s Hospital and Community Partnership.
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 01/18/2006
GOAL 4
Description: Establish a Partnerships for Success coordinating body
Committee: Early Childhood Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Donna Skoda
Community Leaders: Bonnie Pitzer, FCFC Project Director
Action: Establish a Partnerships for Success (PfS) coordinating body, focusing on the targeted outcomes of increased school success, decreased delinquency, and decreased violence
Status: Complete. PfS was established as a standing committee of Family and Children First Council. A local steering committee advises and ensures PfS continues to progress in an appropriate manner.
Last Updated: 11/28/2005
Action: Develop an Annual Plan for FCFC to meet local and state requirements. Evaluation/Planning Committee coordinating body to focus on: identifying and providing services to youth and their families with behaviors associated with mental and behavior health issues; teen pregnancy; immunization rates; home base services for babies and toddlers 0-3 years of age; and social/emotional development of infants and toddlers.
Status: Complete. Annual Plan with goals, indicators and outcomes has been developed and submitted to the state.
Last Updated: 07/15/2005
Action: Monitor the implementation of FCFC's Annual community plan
Status: Complete and Ongoing.
Last Updated: 07/16/2005
Action: Identify, maintain, and update data related to key indicators
Status: Complete and Ongoing.
Last Updated: 07/17/2005
Action: Evaluate & monitor initiatives
Status: All initiatives have a set of outcome objectives that must be monitored both locally and for state funders.
Last Updated: 07/17/2005
Action: Implement & monitor a coordinated early response & diversion system in the county for youth with problem behaviors.
Status: Complete. This has been established at Greenleaf Family Center, Funded with state Title II and PRC. Outcomes will be monitored.
Last Updated: 11/28/2005
Action: University of Akron will evaluate two initiatives: Help Me Grow and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 07/17/2005
Action: Plan will be reviewed in 6/08 and an update will be completed and shared with county and state.
Status:
Last Updated: 07/17/2005
 
IND 13
Description: Increase the proportion of African-American children age 18 or less living above the federal poverty level
Committee: Early Childhood Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Donna Skoda
Community Leaders: Bonnie Pitzer
Action: These action steps will be pursued in June 2006 as the PfS Planning Grant is completed. 1. Explore funding/ availability of youth employment/ job preparation/ volunteer opportunities/ school occupational training; Schools should look into coordinating their volunteer/ job preparation requirements
Status: Juvenile Court Americore grant linking youth to WIA Programs
Last Updated: 11/30/2005
Action: Expand programs that increase literacy and educational opportunities for youth and their families
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 11/30/2005
Action: a. Linking with Summit County Library system
Status: Completed
Last Updated: 11/30/2005
Action: b. Work with This City Reads to reach parents/ organizations & with SEI on the Achievement Gap initiative
Status: On-going
Last Updated: 05/07/2007
Action: c. Expand existing programs that work with families on literacy - such as the one with Project Thrive & Woodridge Schools (federal grant)
Status: Project GRAD/Project LEARN
Last Updated: 11/30/2005
IND 14
Description: Reduce the rate of births to teens, focusing on higher rates among African-American youth
Committee: Early Childhood Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Donna Skoda
Community Leaders: Bonnie Pitzer
Action: Targeting zip code areas of Barberton,Southeast, Sourthwes and West Arkon. Contracted with four community agencies in FY07 to implement weekly group sessions based on a Youth Development Model. Goals: 1-Reduce teen pregnancies in target areas; 2-Reduce high risk behaviors; 3-Increase parent/child interaction & communication about sexuality.
Status: Complete and Ongoing. Four community agencies successfully completed FY07.
Last Updated: 07/16/2007
Action: a. University of Akron will complete evaluation of program.
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 07/16/2007
Action: b. Renew contract for FT08 with four agencies to continue program with PRC dollars. University of Akron will evaluate the program in FY08.
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 07/16/2007



The Family Health Committee is chaired by Gene Nixon, Health Commissioner of the Summit County Combined General Health District.  The committee meets at the Summit County Health District, 1100 Graham Road Cirlcle, Stow.  Please check the Summit 2010 Calendar for meeting dates, changes or cancellations.  

The committee is charged with the following goal and indicators:

GOAL 6
Description: Establish a Primary Medical Services Collaborative
Committee: Family Health Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Sharon Weitzenhof
Community Leaders: Gene Nixon, HCN Chair, Bob Howard, Chair Elect, Sue Gerberich, Project Consultant
 
Action: Establish Healthy Connections Network as the Primary Medical Services Collaborative
Status: Completed
Last Updated: 11/30/2005
 
 
Action: Invite Area Agency on Aging, Imagine Akron 2025 participants and other interested parties to participate in Healthy Connections Network
Status: Completed- New partners are always welcome
Last Updated: 05/07/2007
 
 
Action: Develop strategic plan for ongoing financial support of the primary medical services collaborative. Healthy Connections Network is currently engaged in a long-term strategic planning process for sustainability.
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 07/11/2007

 

IND 19

Description: Increase the proportion of pregnant women receiving first trimester prenatal care
Committee: Family Health Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Sharon Weitzenhof
Community Leaders: Iris Meltzer, CFHS Chair, Gillian Solem, CFHS Consortium
 
Action: Neighborhood Canvassing and Outreach
Status: Underway through Ohio Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative (OIMRI)
Last Updated: 03/28/2006
 
 
Action: School based pregnancy prevention & identification programs & pregnancy tests
Status: Underway through the In Due Time Program
Last Updated: 03/28/2006
 
 
Action: First Trimester waiting for appointments (programs to get vitamins to women while waiting for their appointments.
Status: Underway partially through the Summa clinic
Last Updated: 03/28/2006
 
 
Action: Expand current programs and health education
Status: Underway through CFHS & OIMRI & In Due Time
Last Updated: 03/28/2006

 

IND 20

Description: Reduce the rate of Years of Potential Life Lost from all causes
Committee: Family Health Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Sharon Weitzenhof
Community Leaders: Rick Lang, Chair, Davidcia Stubbs, staff at EACH
 
Action: Develop a reliable risky behavior data set (i.e., YRBFS, BRFSS) / make the data available, use it for measurable outcomes
Status: Underway. A consortium of local agencies is financing an oversample of Summit County that would increase statistical reliability of the 2007 BRFSS, allowing for sub-county comparisons - increasing the number of surveys from 400 to about 2200.
Last Updated: 07/11/2007
 
 
Action: Urban Planning and Green Space use with local county planning agencies
Status: Underway- Incorporated into the County General Plan; Targeted communities developing walking trails
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: Public Housing /Worksite /Health Promotion i.e. Smoking , Physical Activity and Nutrition
Status: Underway (sporadically). The American Heart Association is promoting worksite walking programs.
Last Updated: 07/11/2007
 
 
Action: Provide free and/or subsidized annual screening programs
Status: Underway (sporadically) - hospitals, Brother to Brother (prostate), Minority Health Roundtable neighborhood health fairs 4/14/07, 7/21/07 & 10/20/07
Last Updated: 07/11/2007
 
 
Action: Provide community awareness, education, and services related to HIV/AIDS
Status: Underway- through MHR neighborhood health fairs, Violets Closet; MHR ministers & wives luncheon 9/25/07; HIV/Aids education and services listed in Healthy Living Guide published and distributed by MHR.
Last Updated: 07/11/2007
 
 
Action: Encourage public housing to develop a policy requireing residents to see a primary care physician or make make residents aware of medical services available through Access to Care or Medicaid
Status: To be developed
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
IND 18
Description: Increase the proportion of individuals with health insurance
Committee: Family Health Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Sharon Weitzenhof
Community Leaders: Gene Nixon, HCN Chair, Bob Howard, Chair Elect, Sue Gerberich, Project Consultant
 
Action: Increase resources available to HCN to establish an Access to Care Program utilizing volunteer physicians by:
Status: Complete & ongoing
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: a. Provide subsidized access to care to individuals without insurance, including mental health and substance abuse
Status: Underway - subsidized medical care available through Access to Care, but not mental health & substance abuse. Program is now being evaluated for effectiveness.
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: b. Explore COSE, Three-share models, Kaiser transition plan, Insurance fairs
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: c. Training for public and private staff identifying options for the medically indigent, including what is available for the uninsured
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: Increase resources targeted at increasing Medicaid outreach services, SSI Medicaid Disability, SCHIP Healthy Start Outreach
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: Better case management /Prospective case managers
Status: Underway through Child and Family Health Services and the Access to Care Project
Last Updated: 07/11/2007
 
 
Action: Pharmacy Coordinator to help medically underserved access pharmaceuticals
Status: Completed through Access to Care program
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: 211 and general health information available to the public.
Status: Completed through InfoLine
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: Increase public awareness of specialized drug programs through the drug companies
Status: Completed. Pharmacy coordinator at Akron Community Health Resources to fill out PAP forms for residents of Summit County.Completed. Pharmacy coordinator at Akron Community Health Resources to fill out PAP forms for residents of Summit County.
Last Updated: 05/07/2007
 
 
Action: Develop longterm sustainable funding beyond 2008 with county government and local community partners
Status: Underway
Last Updated: 07/11/2007

 

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The Finance Forum is co-chaired by Delores Jones, Community Initiatives Director for FirstEnergy Corporation, and Tom Harnden, Executive Director of The Barberton Community Foundation.  

The committee is charged with the following goal:

GOAL 8

Description: Establish a Health and Human Services Finance Initiative
Committee: Finance Forum Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Rich Marountas
Community Leaders: Tom Harnden, Barberton Community Foundation; Delores Jones, First Energy
     
 
Action: The Finance Forum has been reconstitued to include additional partners from the philanthropic, corporate, and faith-based communities.
Status: Complete. The Finance Forum held its first meeting on April 10th, 2007; future action steps to be developed at subsequent meetings
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: Develop a database of charitable funding in Summit County
Status: Complete. Database developed and a report issued to the Finance Forum for use in future planning in April 2007
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: Continue to develop strategies to fund local initiatives that impact Summit 2010: A Quality of Life Project goals
Status: Underway- Actions steps developed
Last Updated: 07/11/2007

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FINANCIAL LITERACY

A recurring theme that continued to arise in every Summit 2010 committee was the need for financial literacy across the age spectrum.  The Summit 2010 Financial Literacy Committee has been formed to deal with this need.  Chaired by Cynthia Sich, Director of the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs, this committee will develop financial literacy materials and outreach activities to be used across the lifespan of Summit County residents.  To visit the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs website, please go to www.co.summit.oh.us/conaffairs.htm .  Please check the Summit 2010 Calendar for current meeting dates.

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The Housing Affordability Committee is chaired by Holly Miller, Certified HOME Specialist for the County of Summit.  
Please check the Summit 2010 Calendar for current meeting dates.
The committee is charged with the following indicator:

IND 5

Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
 
Committee: Housing Affordability
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
 
Action:
Status:
Last Updated: 10/25/2010

 

 

The Income, Education, and Workforce Development Committee is chaired by Nan McClenaghan, president of The Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio, Inc.  Ms. McClenaghan describes the goal of the committee this way:  "In order to provide Summit County employers with a more competitive and productive workforce, the goal of the Income, Education & Workforce Development (IEWD) Committee is to improve the work readiness of current and future Summit County workers by defining employers’ work readiness expectations, determining means to assess job seekers levels of readiness, and designing, as needed, missing service options to increase a participant’s readiness for work.  It is also the goal of the IEWD Committee to increase employers’ understanding of recruitment and retention initiatives which should be mutually beneficial to both employers and their employees."   

The Income, Education, and Workforce Development Committee has just completed the Resource Guide for Job Seekers in Summit County.  If you wish to print out this guide, please be advised that it will need to be printed on 11 x 17 paper.  Please click this link to view the Resource Guide for Job Seekers in Summit County.

The committee generally meets on the first Friday of every month, 8:30 am at The Job Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Avenue, Akron.  Please check the Summit 2010 Calendar for changes or cancellations.

The committee is charged with the following goal and indicators:

GOAL 2
Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Income, Education & Workforce Development
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
 
Action:
Status:
Last Updated: 10/25/2010

IND 1

Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Income, Education & Workforce Development
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
 
Action:
Status:
Last Updated: 10/25/2010

IND 2

Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Income, Education & Workforce Development
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
 
Action:
Status:
Last Updated: 10/25/2010

IND 3

Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Income, Education & Workforce Development
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
 
Action:
Status:
Last Updated: 10/25/2010

IND 4

Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Income, Education & Workforce Development
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
 
Action:
Status:
Last Updated: 10/25/2010

IND 6

Description: Updated goals/status report coming soon
Committee: Income, Education & Workforce Development
Staff Person Responsible:
Community Leaders:
 
Action:
Status:
Last Updated: 10/25/2010

MINUTES

 



Composed of local residents, public officials, civic leaders and project staff, each of the three 2010 neighborhood groups has been busy developing plans for neighborhood improvement.  The Barberton Neighborhood Group, chaired by Mike Irby, recently conducted surveys of children in South Barberton.  Armed with the information from the survey, the group has developed a youth recreation project in collaboration with the Barberton Parks and Recreation Department, the Barberton Health District, the Barberton Public Library, AMHA, Barberton NAACP, Barberton City Schools, Child Guidance & Family Solutions, and The Salvation Army.  This project is made possible by a generous grant from The Barberton Community Foundation.  Please follow this link to view the informative brochure for the Summit 2010 South Barberton Youth Recreation Program.

When asked to describe the mission of the Summit 2010 Project in Barberton, Mike Irby said “the Barberton Neighborhood Group wants to improve the quality of economic, social, educational and spiritual conditions in the South Barberton community through the joint work of residents, neighborhood organizations, schools and churches.”

The Barberton Neighborhood Group usually meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 6:00 at The Friends Church, 272 Robinson Avenue, Barberton.  Please check the Summit 2010 Calendar for current meeting dates. 

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Composed of local residents, public officials, civic leaders and project staff, each of the three 2010 neighborhood groups has been busy developing plans for neighborhood improvement.  The Buchtel Neighborhood Group, chaired by DeAndre' L. Nixon, Founder/Director of iN Education, Inc., is in the process of creating and publishing its fourth newsletter, with financial support from the Akron Neighborhood Partnership Program.  The Rankin computer instruction project that was highlighted in the Spring 2007 Summit 2010 News and Notes resumed in Fall 2007. Residents have again begun soliciting donations from local merchants and residents for the computer project.  According to DeAndre Nixon, the Summit 2010 Buchtel Neighborhood Group aims to “create community forums with the sole purpose of strengthening the unity between its community organizations & members…facilitate, challenge and empower those involved on Quality of Life issues that are identified and addressed through these forums…take action producing measurable results”.  

Another recent accomplishment of the Buchtel Neighborhood Group is the creation of the Buchtel Resource Guide.  To view this very informative document, please click on the following link:  Summit 2010 Buchtel Resource Guide

On July 26th, 2008, the Buchtel Neighborhood Group hosted its first annual community day, "The Spirit of Community". 

Please visit www.ourbuchtelgroup.org for further information and updates.

The Buchtel Neighborhood Committee usually meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month, 6:00 at the Lawton Street Community Center, 1226 Lawton Street, Akron.  Please check the Summit 2010 Calendar for current meeting dates.

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The Lakemore/Springfield Neighborhood Group, co-chaired by John Skipper and Denise Hobart (representing Mayor Mike Kolomichuk), with assistance from group secretary Marlene Hill and its Friends of the Library Board, have been actively working with Summit County’s leadership to facilitate the creation of a library in Lakemore/ Springfield. Also, the United Way of Summit County is sponsoring an Imagination Library program in Lakemore.  When commenting on the Summit 2010 Project in Lakemore, Marlene Hill stated, “I have enjoyed working with Summit 2010.  Sometimes the progress appears to be slow, but so worth while.  Everyone has been helpful and extremely caring and supportive with our goals and struggles.  I'm looking forward to 2008 and all that can be accomplished”. 

To visit the Summit 2010 Lakemore Neighborhood Group Website, please follow this link: www.lakemore-summit2010.org

For an overview of the Summit 2010 Lakmore Project, please click on the following link: Lakemore Project Description

The Lakemore Neighborhood Group usually meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 5:30, at Goodwill, 1500 Canton Road, Akron (Lakemore).  Please check the Summit 2010 Calendar for current meeting dates. 

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Composed of local residents, public officials, civic leaders and project staff, each of the three 2010 neighborhood groups has been busy developing plans for neighborhood improvement. The Summit 2010 Twinsburg Neighborhood Group meets the third Monday of every month at the Western Reserve Outreach Center in Twinsburg.

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The Older Adults Committee is chaired by Karen Talbott, President of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates.  On January 27th, 2007, the Older Adults Committee convened the first meeting of the Senior Independent Living Coaltion (SILC).   The meeting was attended by more than 30 communtiy leaders and advocates for seniors and their families.  On November 7, 2007, SILC held a strategic planning retreat facilitated by Barbara Greene of CommonGood Consulting, Inc.  The half-day session was very well-attended, and featured a great deal of discussion and debate about how the group should proceed.  A draft strategic plan is now being prepared for the group's consideration.

The Older Adults Committee meets at Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, #1 Home Care Place, Akron.  Please check the Summit 2010 Calendar for meeting dates, changes or cancellations.

The committee is charged with the following goal and indicators:

GOAL 5
Description: Create an Independent Living Task Force
 
Committee: Older Adults Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Rich Marountas
Community Leaders: Karen Talbott, Visiting Nurse Service and SSAB Chair
 
Action: Create an Independent Living Task Force
Status: Complete. In February 2007, the Older Adults Committee established the Senior Independent Living Coalition (SILC), currently composed of 30+ members
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: a. Develop a strategic planning process to refine goals and set priorities for SILC
Status: Underway. SILC had a strategic planning session with CommonGood Consulting on 11/7/07.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Rally support for older-adult related issues among all stakeholders including service agencies, elected officials, and the public
Status: Process is underway and will remain ongoing with the launch of the Senior Independent Living Coalition
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: Coordinate advocacy efforts throughout Summit County aimed at influencing the policy development process of local, state, and federal governments
Status: Process is underway and will remain ongoing with the launch of the Senior Independent Living Coalition
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: Advocate for the institution of a Summit County senior services levy
Status: Process is underway and will remain ongoing with the launch of the Senior Independent Living Coalition
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
Action: Create a corps of senior volunteers drawn from across the county to assist in the achievement of the older adult action steps
Status: Process is underway and will remain ongoing with the launch of the Senior Independent Living Coalition
Last Updated: 04/19/2007
 
 
 
 
IND 15
Description: Increase the proportion of African-American older adults living above the poverty line
 
Committee: Older Adults Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Rich Marountas
Community Leaders: Karen Talbott, Visiting Nurse Service and SSAB Chair
 
Action: Target late-working age African-American population (50-65) for intervention to help prevent poverty. This involves the following steps:
Status: Older Adults Committee will begin working with the newly formed Financial Literacy Committee in 2008.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: a. Promote employment among those age 65+ (for those not working) and continued employment (for those who are working) from age 55+ to increase income and savings for retirement.
Status: Older Adults Committee will begin working with the newly formed Financial Literacy Committee in 2008.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: b. Provide county tax breaks to companies who hire workers age 65+
Status: Older Adults Committee will begin working with the newly formed Financial Literacy Committee in 2008.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: c. Develop a program to promote equity-building for homeowners (so they can take advantage of reverse mortgages after age 65)
Status: Older Adults Committee will begin working with the newly formed Financial Literacy Committee in 2008.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: d. Develop a financial planning curriculum to promote good retirement planning. These sessions would include such things as the impact of estate recovery, reverse mortgages, and tax consulting (i.e., Earned Income Tax Credit). Participants would develop a personal financial plan that would lay out savings goals, prioritize personal spending, and help pay for both ongoing bills and critical home repairs).
Status: Older Adults Committee will begin working with the newly formed Financial Literacy Committee in 2008.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Develop a volunteer program to help seniors with income and wealth-related needs (i.e., financial planners to help with retirement planning, estate recovery, volunteers to help seniors keep up homes)
Status: Older Adults Committee will begin working with the newly formed Financial Literacy Committee in 2008.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Develop an outreach program that will increase knowledge and utilization of the existing network of senior services among target population.
Status: Older Adults Committee will begin working with the newly formed Financial Literacy Committee in 2008.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Examine whether existing programs are enough to serve target population or if new services are needed. Create liaison relationships with faith-based communities and work with them to identify and fill service gaps
Status: Older Adults Committee will begin working with the newly formed Financial Literacy Committee in 2008.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Coordinate activities with Imagine Akron 2025 Services to Seniors workgroup when appropriate
Status: Older Adults Committee will begin working with the newly formed Financial Literacy Committee in 2008.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
 
 
IND 16
Description: Increase the self-sufficiency of seniors living alone
 
Committee: Older Adults Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Rich Marountas
Community Leaders: Karen Talbott, Visiting Nurse Service and SSAB Chair
 
Action: Support educational processes for the community about older adult issues. The effort should not only be targeted at seniors but at those ages 50-65 who either have elderly parents or will soon be elderly themselves as well as the general public. This effort should tap into the local universities where practical.
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: a. Raise awareness among the general public, children of aging parents, and seniors themselves of critical issues facing seniors
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: b. Educate people about existing programs and services, the need for long-term care insurance, and the potential of reverse mortgages and other innovative financing options.
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: c. Educate adult children about the immediate and forthcoming needs of elderly parents
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: d. Tie in with programs to combat elder abuse, educating people about available resources to fight abuse and to help victims recover and maintain their independence
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Conduct a survey of those ages 50-65 and 65 or older to determine what their needs are in order to promote self-sufficiency
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Coordinate activities with Imagine Akron 2025 Services to Seniors workgroup when appropriate
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Address in-home safety issues
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: a. Conduct in-home safety assessments for seniors to prevent debilitating accidents
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: b. Train home visitation personnel to look for home repair issues on site visits
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: c. Mobilize people such as retired firefighters to perform voluntary home safety inspections
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: d. Set up a county hotline for service complaints through the BBB that helps protect seniors from consumer fraud
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Combat social isolation among seniors while promoting independent living
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: a. Identify resources in the community for reducing social isolation
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: b. Develop a process for determining who is becoming isolated with associated steps to reverse the isolation process and foster reengagement with the wider community
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: c. Create social therapy clubs, based in community centers, to keep people engaged in the wider Develop a plan for conducting regular home visits by safety force personnel, social group and faith-based volunteers to check in on those in danger of falling into isolation
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Work with Metro and other appropriate agencies to address senior transportation issues that perpetuate senior isolation
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Consider instituting a pilot in-home grocery service
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Expand the number of private care assisted living beds available for financially-eligible seniors to reduce the reliance on more expensive and restrictive treatment options
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Consider instituting a pilot in-home medications delivery service
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Expand the number of private care assisted living beds available for financially-eligible seniors to reduce the reliance on more expensive and restrictive treatment options
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
 
 
IND 17
Description: Reduce the incidence of elder abuse and neglect
 
Committee: Older Adults Committee
Staff Person Responsible: Rich Marountas
Community Leaders: Karen Talbott, Visiting Nurse Service and SSAB Chair
 
Action: Create an APS Task Force and coordinate all related activities through the SSAB
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting and will convene a meeting of Tuff Stuff, APS and EAPC.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Support and strengthen the activities of the Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition (EAPC)
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting and will convene a meeting of Tuff Stuff, APS and EAPC.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Advocate for the institution of a Summit County senior services levy
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting and will convene a meeting of Tuff Stuff, APS and EAPC.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Find a solution to technical problems and other issues that currently prevent cell phones and business phones from being added to Info Line’s 211 line
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting and will convene a meeting of Tuff Stuff, APS and EAPC.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Improve the coordination of post acute discharge of seniors leaving hospital stays and expand emergency respite care options
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting and will convene a meeting of Tuff Stuff, APS and EAPC.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Consider reinstituting the Gatekeepers program that trained utility, postal, and newspaper delivery employees to recognize signs of elder abuse and neglect. Add EMS crews and block clubs to the list of groups receiving such training. Coordinate program with EAPC.
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting and will convene a meeting of Tuff Stuff, APS and EAPC.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007
 
 
Action: Coordinate activities with Imagine Akron 2025 Services to Seniors workgroup when appropriate
Status: Older Adults Committee will determine its next priorities beginning with its January 2008 meeting and will convene a meeting of Tuff Stuff, APS and EAPC.
Last Updated: 12/03/2007

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Partnerships for Success was headed by David Alexander of the Summit County Health Department.  The indicators originally assigned to the committee now fall under the responsibility of the Early Childhood Committee.

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The Systems Management and Oversight committee was formed with the goal of overseeing and coordinating critical aspects of health and human service delivery across all major public service delivery systems.  The co-chairs of this committee were Elaine Woloshyn, President, Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Bob Kulinski, President, United Way of Summit County.  Three committees were formed to take on the three goals of the Systems, Management and Oversight Committee:  The Finance Forum, Data Sharing and Data & Statistics.  Please refer to these committees’ individual pages for more information.

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