Community Action Akron Summit celebrates the commitment, pride and determination of Pathways HUB Community Health Workers (CHWs)

Jun 06, 2022

On June 6, 2022 Community Action Akron Summit celebrated the accomplishments and achievements of the Community Action Akron Summit Pathway HUB Community Health Workers (CHWs) along with the Care Coordinating Agencies and supervisors during the statewide Community Health Worker Day.

The all-day celebration was held at Ed Davis Community Center and kicked off with breakfast and proclamations read by Director Angela Dawson, Ohio Commission of Minority Health (virtual), Greta Johnson, Director of Communications and Assistant Chief of Staff, Summit County on behalf of County Executive Ilene Shapiro and on behalf of Malcolm J. Costa, President and CEO Community Action Akron Summit, Aimee Budnik, Community Action Akron Summit Vice President of Operations presented the proclamation.

During the celebration, Dennis Kirimi, Community Action Akron Summit Pathway HUB Director recognized the following Care Coordination Agencies with plaques.

  • Akron Children's Hospital
  • AxessPointe Community Health Centers
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Minority Behavioral Health Group 
  • Summa Health

Community Health Workers Appreciation Awards were given to each CHW prior to lunch and the day wrapped up with CHW Team Building activities.

CHWs are frontline public health workers who have a close understanding of the community they serve. The majority of CHWs come from the communities they serve, and often speak the same language—literally or figuratively. This trusting relationship enables them to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services, decrease infant mortality rates in our community and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. In many cases, the information the CHWs have gathered from frank conversations with clients has been life-saving.

At the heart of their work, CHWs are reducing the risk for poor health outcomes every time they address a barrier. The 20 Standard Pathways of the Pathways Model are the tools that are utilized to measure success in reducing risk. 6,416 Pathways were completed in 2020 and 7,661 Pathways were completed in 2021. 

Community Action Akron Summit honors and celebrates all CHW’s across the State of Ohio.