Resources and Links
The following list of community resources is provided by Summa Health System to assist you in finding support services that may be of help to you. Please note that Summa does not endorse or promote any outside organizations or programs.
Stewarts Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center
Stewart's Caring Place is a non-profit organization that works to enhance the quality of life for those living with cancer. Stewart’s Caring Place is a cancer wellness and educational resource center for individuals and families touched by cancer, offering individuals and families a wide range of services free of charge. Stewart's Caring Place can provide emotional, social, physical and spiritual support to individuals with cancer in one peaceful setting that is inclusive, non-judgmental and confidential, yet will connect you with others.
Address: 2955 West Market Street, Suite R, Akron, Ohio 44333
The Patient Navigator Program (American Cancer Society)
Phone: 1-888-ACS-OHIO (1-888-227-6446)
An American Cancer Society Patient Navigator is available to help you navigate the many systems encountered during the cancer journey. Trained Patient Navigators link those dealing with cancer to needed programs and resources in your area. All services are free and confidential.
Info Line of Summit County
Info Line is Summit County’s information and referral service. Information specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Toll Free from Northern Summit County: 330-650-2603
Access to Care
Phone: 330-315-0209 / Toll Free: 866-706-0209
Access to Care connects lower income, uninsured, working residents of Summit County to a regular source of healthcare. Access to Care is not health insurance; it is a program that connects enrollees with healthcare services volunteered by local healthcare providers.
Emergency prescription assistance program for uninsured Summit County Residents.
Joan H. Michelson Women's Resource Center & Health Education Center
Web: Women's Resource & Health Education Center
The Women's Resource Center & Health Education Center offers health information and comprehensive educational opportunities on virtually any topic that affects the well-being of women and their families.
Susan Deveny Pavloff Resource Library - Jean and Milton Cooper Cancer Center
Web: Susan Deveny Pavloff Resource Library
The Susan Deveny Pavloff Resource Library is located on the ground floor of the Jean and Milton Cooper Cancer Center on the Akron City Hospital Campus at 161 N. Forge Street. The library is home to a collection of books, educational materials, audios and DVDs on topics that exclusively cover issues related to cancer.
Statistics show that, while the incidence of breast cancer is lower among African American women, the mortality rate is much higher compared to women of other races. As a local chapter of the African American Women Nurturing and Giving Each Other Life (ANGEL) Network, Summa Health System has teamed up with the Summit County Health Department, Open M, East Akron Community House and the Northeast Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure to reverse this trend.
Our ANGEL Network promotes early detection, screening access and education - all of which are methods known to reduce the incidence of breast cancer deaths. For more information, call (330) 375-6375.
Pink Ribbon Project
Summa Health System works in partnership with the Summit County Health District and the Ohio Department of Health Breast and Cervical Cancer Project to provide free mammograms and cervical cancer screenings to low-income women. The goal is to provide all women with access to life-saving early detection technologies regardless of their ability to pay.
National Cancer Institute
Phone: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
Answers questions about cancer, cancer clinical trials and cancer-related services and helps users find information on the NCI website. They speak to you in easy to understand terms, and they also answer calls in English and Spanish.
Chat online: www.cancer.gov/help
Administration on Aging
Provides information, assistance, individual counseling, organization of support groups, caregiver training, respite care and supplemental services.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Phone: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
Web: www.medicare.gov (for Medicare information)
Provides information for consumers about patient rights, prescription drugs, and health insurance issues, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Provides fact sheets about job discrimination, protections under the Americans With Disabilities Act and employer responsibilities. Coordinates investigations of employment discrimination.
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide directory assistance service designed to help older persons and caregivers find local resources for support. Areas of support include transportation, meals, home care, housing alternatives, legal issues, and social services.
U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
Phone: 1-866-ODEP-DOL (1-866-633-7365)
Provides fact sheets on a variety of disability issues, including discrimination, workplace accommodation, and legal rights.
Aging With Dignity
Phone: 1-888-5WISHES (1-888-594-7437)
Provides information and materials regarding advance directives. You can order the document Five Wishes, which states your end of life decisions for your healthcare team, and friends, and family members.
American Cancer Society
Phone: 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)
Provides a variety of cancer information and support to patients, families and caregivers. Also supports research, community education, and advocacy and public policy issues.
Association of Oncology Social Work
Provides advocacy & support – connects patients to community, national and international resources.
Phone: 1-800-813-HOPE (1-800-813-4673)
Offers free support, information, financial assistance and practical help to people with cancer and their loved ones.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Family Caregiver Alliance addresses the needs of families and friends who provide long-term care at home.
Phone: 1-888-994-HOPE (1-888-994-4673)
Dedicated to helping people with cancer who are also facing infertility. Fertile Hope fulfills its mission by increasing awareness of fertility risks and preservation options, providing educational resources and fertility preservation financial assistance options, and helping patients cope with the physical and emotional issues associated with infertility, fertility preservation, assisted reproduction, family planning, genetic counseling, pregnancy, adoption and other related issues.
Hospice Foundation of America
Provides programs and materials on hospice care, caregiving, grief, and end of life. They also provide a hospice locator service and links to other organizations and resources.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has developed programs all over the country to meet the needs of patients, families and oncology professionals; the people who deal with blood cancer every day and the people who care for them.
Provides patients with information, education, counseling services, referrals to other resources and the opportunity to speak with a professional oncology social worker.
The Mesothelioma Guide is an organization dedicated to providing information, support, and access to top doctors and specialists. Restoring hope for mesothelioma patients we are your trusted ally in the fight against asbestos-related cancer. Our goal is to guide patients and their loved ones towards better health care options and to find a cure.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
Phone: 1-877-622-7937 (1-877-NCCS-YES)
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is a survivor-led cancer advocacy organization that works on behalf of people with all types of cancer and their families. NCCS’ primary goal in developing its programs is to inform and empower cancer survivors with accurate information. NCCS' Cancer Survival Toolbox is a free audio program that teaches skills that can help people with cancer meet the challenges of their illness.
Additional Information: www.cancersurvivaltoolbox.org
National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)
NFCA provides information, education, support, public awareness and advocacy for caregivers.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations (NHPCO)
Phone: 1-703-837-1500 or 1-800-658-8898 (helpline)
NHPCO offers information on hospice services and issues for terminally ill patients and their family members. NHPCO provides discussion groups, publications, information about how to find a hospice and information about the financial aspects of hospice.
Note: Usually, patients cannot apply directly to these programs. Ask a doctor, nurse, or social worker to contact them on your behalf.
Patient Advocate Foundation
A case manager will work together with you, your doctor and /or your employer to help you settle insurance, employment and debt matters resulting from your diagnosis.
The Well Spouse Foundation
The foundation provides support to wives, husbands and partners of chronically ill and/or disabled persons.