Greater Akron LGBTQ+ Community Needs Assessment

The College of Public Health at Kent State University led by Andrew M. Snyder has the unique opportunity to positively impact the health outcomes of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) residents in the Greater Akron area as well as contributing to public health evidence-based practice throughout Ohio and the United States through a first-time LGBTQ+ community needs assessment.

The Greater Akron Community is currently mobilizing to conduct an LGBTQ+ specific community needs assessment which will be conducted in full collaboration with many key community working groups across eight domains of health including:

  • physical health and wellness
  • religion and spirituality
  • education and literacy
  • housing, food and nutrition
  • employment and commerce
  • safety and law enforcement
  • recreation and leisure
  • COIVD-19 impact


Capturing insight about the current status and potential accomplishments and deficiencies in the LGBTQ+ community will provide valuable information freely accessible by the community to support and validate decision making and prioritize commitments to community health interventions, resources and investments.

This two year project is on track to launch in January 2021