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Greater Ohio Policy Center;
Like many cities in the Midwest, Akron, Ohio has weathered a long-term decline in its traditional economic base and has had to reimagine its role in the twenty-first century economy. The city was long believed to have navigated this transition more successfully than many of its peers, but recent data analysis shows many troubling economic and demographic trends that could negatively affect the city's long-term trajectory.
Based on analysis of city-level data and interviews with local stakeholders, the "62.4 Report", titled to refer to the city's square mileage, details the city of Akron's current condition in terms of economic strength, individual and family economic health, neighborhood stability, and demographic trends. The Report focuses on Akron's assets and challenges to make recommendations for how the city can regain a competitive edge.
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation;
Communities across our nation are experimenting with new ways to engage citizens in the decisions made by civic leaders from the public, private and non-pro!t sectors, working sometimes together and sometimes at cross purposes. Ultimately, success at making democracy work and sustaining healthy communities requires engaged individuals, organizations, and institutions.
Across our country, community engagement bright spots are emerging. These initiatives foster a sense of attachment, expand access to information and resources, and create opportunities for citizens to play more active roles in setting priorities, addressing issues, and planning the longer-term sustainability of their communities.
The National League of Cities, working with The John S. and James L Knight Foundation, selected 14 communities that the two institutions are engaged with to explore how well or poorly some of these experiments are faring today. This analysis then focused more closely on four communities -- Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Austin -- to document the lessons learned and the challenges ahead.
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed inperson interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.
The FA system served by The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank provides emergency food for an estimated 179,800 different people annually.31% of the members of households served by The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).41% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 85% are food insecure and 36% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 22.214.171.124).49% of clients served by The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).35% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).36% of households served by The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank included approximately 319 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 276 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 217 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter81% of pantries, 77% of kitchens, and 36% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 82% of pantries, 70% of kitchens, and 56% of shelters of The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 81% of the food distributed by pantries, 55% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 38% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 94% of pantries, 89% of kitchens, and 64% of shelters in The Akron- Canton Regional Foodbank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
California HealthCare Foundation;
Presents case studies of efforts to reduce hospital readmissions by coordinating post-hospital care, quickly reconciling patient medications and scheduling follow-ups, and engaging patients and families in self-management. Outlines lessons learned.
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation;
Examines the reading and math achievement scores, attendance, and behavior of students who attended PAC programs frequently over a two-year period.