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Healthy Summit is modeled after the federal government’s Healthy People initiative.  According to the initiative’s website,, “Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For three decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across communities and sectors, empower individuals toward making informed health decisions, measure the impact of prevention activities.”  Healthy Summit strives to mirror these goals with the intent of improving the health and lives of Summit County residents.  The various programs of the Healthy Summit initiative are highlighted below.


Summit 2020: A Quality of Life Project

Summit 2020: A Quality of Life Project focuses on five broad initiative areas.  The initiatives are Economic Stability and Prosperity, First Things First (early childhood), Older Adults, Health and Health Disparities, and Government Efficiency and Effectiveness.   This expanded vision will allow committed volunteers to strategically utilize their talents and passion to further initiate development while also keeping the “big picture” in sharp focus. 

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Healthy Connections Network

Healthy Connections NetworkHealthy Connections Network (HCN) is a collaborative 501 (c) (3) organization, begun in 1995 to respond to critical health and social service issues in Akron and Summit County, Ohio. Between 2000 and 2011, HCN focused on access to timely and appropriate health care services for uninsured residents of Summit County.  In 2012, HCN continues to address its original goal of 100% Access/0 Disparities by turning its attention to the critical issue of health equity in Summit County.  HCN is working in tandem with other community groups to help our community eliminate barriers to health access and to promote a healthy local community.

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Summit County Dental Task Force

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In the fall of 2000, the Summit County Dental Task Force, a broad coalition of interested parties, was convened to consider the issue of oral health and access to dental care in Summit County.  The mission of the Dental Task Force is to assure that all people in Summit County have access to dental care.


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Summit County Environmental HealthImage_River rocks

Summit County Environmental Health Assessment Phase One



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The Office of Minority Health (OMH) is dedicated to providing minority health data and technical assistance to local agencies working to improve the health status of minority populations.

Funded through the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, the Office of Minority Health is part of a national initiative to localize the concept of racial and ethnic health equity.  The OMH serves as a central location for the coordination of community health efforts targeting health improvement in Summit County's African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino and Native American populations.

The OMH is building local system capacity as a "clearinghouse" for information on minority health status and health data, programs and services, and funding related matters. Its strategic goal, developed with input from the community, is to decrease health disparities in Summit County through the provision of information to the community regarding what disparities exist; how community organizations in Summit County are addressing these disparities and how they might collaborate to build complimentary programming; how community organizations can evaluate their programs and services; and what funding is available to communities for minority health programs/services and research.

For more information, please call (330) 926-5700 or visit the website at

Community Partners

County of Summit
Summit County Social Services Advisory Board
County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addication and Mental Health Services Board
Summit County Children's Services
County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board
County of Summit Department of Job and Family Services