LGBTQ+ Greater Akron Community Needs Assessment

Kent State University has partnered with greater Akron community organizations to conduct the first comprehensive and specific LGBTQ+ Community Needs Assessment (CNA). Efforts of this assessment will focus on producing a better-informed public health system and improving the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community.

This assessment will engage the entire Akron community to equitably participate in the needs assessment process to determine what the local LGBTQ+ community identifies as important. To do so, the assessment will take a holistic view of the health and wellness in Akron’s LGBTQ+ community by looking at seven key health domains: health and wellness; religion and spirituality; education and literacy; housing, food and nutrition; business and commerce; safety and law enforcement; and recreation and leisure.

The concept for this effort was the brainchild of Andrew Snyder, MPH, BSN, research program coordinator for Kent State’s College of Public Health. Heading up this effort, Snyder says this CNA is generating tremendous excitement throughout the Akron community.

Andrew Snyder, MPH, BSN, research program coordinator for Kent State’s College of Public Health

“The idea for this has been a long time in the making, but once started it quickly gained momentum and great support,” Snyder said. “This is a celebration and triumph for the gay community.”

The project is well underway and community organizations are already mobilizing to take the project head on. The project is estimated to take 18 – 24 months to complete, with the final community report published in August 2022. Once concluded, information assembled from this CNA will be made easily and freely accessible to anyone who wishes to view it.

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While year one is fully funded, the team is looking for additional community partners and sponsors, as well as private donations, to finish funding year two. If your organization would like to become involved as a community sponsor, or if you would like to become involved with any of the project's various committees, please contact Andrew Snyder at asnyde20@kent.edu. If you would like to contribute any amount to support this effort, you can make a donation here. 

Additional Resources:

OJPH Op Ed- It’s Time to Mobilize in Support of Inclusive LGBTQ+ Community Needs Assessments

Complete List of Current Community Partners/Sponsors:
 

Visionaries:


  • The Brennan Family Foundation
  • County of Summit - Ilene Shapiro
  • Kent State University - College of Public Health

Champions:


  • Akron Community Foundation
  • Gay Community Endowment Fund
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Summa Summit Co.
  • Summit County Public Health

Mobilizers:


  • Akron Pride Festival
  • The Read Family

Advocates:


  • Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio