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Austen BioInnovation Institute's Accountable Care Community initiative gains national support
Date:9/27/2011

WASHINGTON, September 27, 2011 - The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA), its founding members and several community partners are the recipients of a national $500,000 award to fund the Accountable Care Community (ACC) initiative, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today. ACC is a collective effort aiming to create a healthier community and lessen the burden of disease in the Akron region. The funding is part of a multimillion dollar CDC Community Transformation Program that supports public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending.

ABIA -- an unique collaboration of Akron Children's Hospital, Akron General Health System, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Summa Health System, The University of Akron and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation -- is the lead institution on the community grant and will collaborate with all of its founding members on the effort along with community partners, including Summit County Health District and Community Legal Aid Services. The ACC effort, focused on improving the community's health status and health care delivery while lessening the burden of disease, was launched at a national summit held in Akron in June.

"Through our collective efforts, we continue to establish Akron as an epicenter for patient-centered innovation and commercialization. Once again, we are receiving national recognition and support for the transformational power of our community's shared vision to create a healthier and more competitive region," said Dr. Frank L. Douglas, ABIA president and chief executive officer. "The work of this initiative, and that of our founding members, is moving us to improve lives and the productivity of our community."

The project is striving to focus all Akron-area public, private and philanthropic resources toward achieving improvements in population health and to
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Contact: Scott Rainone
srainone@abiakron.org
330-572-7581
Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron
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