Aultman: Leading the Community to Improved Health
The Aultman Health Foundation mission is to "lead our community to improved health." We fulfill our mission in many ways, from providing quality health care to offering wellness education to investing resources in our community. Read the information below for a sample of the ways in which Aultman Health Foundation provides community support.
Health and Wellness Education
Free screenings, informational programs and educational tools help to improve our community's health. For example:
- Aultman Hospital participates in community health fairs and screenings.
- Our Working on Wellness (WOW) van visits area schools, senior centers, churches and community centers to provide health education and basic health screenings.
- We offer free blood-pressure checks throughout the year.
- The Sharon Lane Health Center provides a wealth of health resources for patients, their families and community members.
- More than 100 free "Health Talk" educational presentations are available each year.
- Our free PrimeTime Seniors and 5-0 Programs offer everything from assistance with understanding medical bills to a variety of wellness programs.
- Our Safety First program provides free bike helmets and safety education for all Stark County first-grade students.
Supporting Health-Related Causes
Aultman employees participate in the following events each year:
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
American Heart Association Heart Walk
Akron/Canton Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes
Arthritis Foundation Walk
Other Community Commitments
Aultman Health Foundation and AultCare are major contributors to United Way of Greater Stark County, and we encourage employees to contribute during the annual United Way campaign. We also support organizations ranging from Junior Achievement to the Canton Community Clinic to Arts in Stark.
HealthVision 2020 Aultman is taking part in exciting projects to meet our mission to improve the health of our community. We have a vision to make Stark County a healthier county by 2020.
In 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the University of Wisconsin to give every county in America a health score. The original Stark County ranking was 44 out of 88 counties in Ohio. Aultman used this scoring system to create an initiative that focuses on two indicators to improve the health of our community: tobacco and obesity.
Since the original scores were released, the Stark County ranking has improved, and we are now ranked 39th out of all 88 counties in Ohio. However, adult smoking has remained at 23 percent for Stark County, which is higher than the Ohio average. Obesity has finally leveled off at 32 percent of Stark County residents, after worsening each year.
Aultman's 2013-2014 tobacco strategy includes continuing past success in the community (including colleges and employers), reforming how we treat tobacco with inpatients, and implementing a tobacco program with Aultman Orrville Hospital.
The 2013-2014 obesity strategy includes working with an obesity program in a local high school, called the Aultman Ambassador Program, partnering with Aultman Weight Management, and continuing Aultman's current community programs like the WOW Van and the MyPlate initiative.
County-wide Healthy Lifestyles Initiative
In addition to our Health Vision 2020 efforts, Aultman is part of a county-wide committee called the “Healthy Lifestyles Initiative.” This group includes members from the Stark County Health Department, area hospitals, Stark Parks, YMCAs, local schools, universities and more. The committee's goal is to improve our community’s health, with subcommittees focusing on access to healthy foods, promoting more physical activity, decreasing tobacco use and reducing substance abuse in Stark County.