In January 1966, a group of concerned citizens founded Planned Parenthood of Akron, Ohio, Inc., and in November 1966, changed the name to Planned Parenthood Association of Summit County, Inc., to better reflect the area in which patients were being served. Two groups instrumental in the founding were the National Council of Jewish Women and the Junior League of Akron. Like most Planned Parenthood affiliates, Planned Parenthood Association of Summit County was originally a volunteer organization. A Board of Trustees, consisting of 31 members, was initiated in April 1966, and bylaws were developed.
The first clinic opened in August 1966 at Akron City Hospital’s Outpatient Clinic. Between 1966 and 1972, clinics were conducted on a scheduled basis in hospitals, churches and health and social service agencies throughout Summit County. The first permanent, full-time site was established in 1972. In 1981, clinics conducted at most of the outreach sites in Summit County were centralized at the permanent site to reduce staffing costs and improve patient care.
In the fall of 1980, the family planning program sponsored by the Health Department in Portage County was terminated due to the failure of their health services levy. Former Health Department patients began calling Planned Parenthood Association of Summit County for services since the Agency served the area contiguous to Portage County. In addition, Planned Parenthood was soon asked by the Kent State University Health Director to consider establishing a clinic in the DeWeese Health Center on campus. Planned Parenthood initiated services in Ravenna in August and Kent State University in November 1980.
In March 1983, the Medina County Family Planning Service and Planned Parenthood Association of Summit County began to investigate merger as a means to increase capacity, assure continuation of high-quality services, and broaden financial support. Medina County Family Planning was sponsored by Medina County government and received a small amount of direct financial support from the county tax base. After investigation, the County Commissioners and Planned Parenthood’s Board of Trustees agreed to merge the Medina Family Planning Services with Planned Parenthood operations effective July 1, 1983. In 1984, Planned Parenthood became affiliated with the United Way of Medina County.
As a result of expanding services into Portage and Medina Counties, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the organization to Planned Parenthood of Summit, Portage and Medina Counties effective January 1, 1984.
In 1969, Planned Parenthood had over 900 patients, three full-time staff members, and a $12,000 budget. In 2005, Planned Parenthood served 14,329 female and 935 male clients, with 31 full-time staff, 16 part-time staff, and a budget of $2.5 million. By 2006, Planned Parenthood of Summit, Portage and Medina Counties was offering services in five locations – Akron, Kent, Medina, Ravenna and Macedonia.
In July 2007, PPSPM merged with four other affiliates to become Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio.