August 31, 2015

1. In the Nation: States Take a Closer Look at Exemptions from Vaccination Requirements
In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak last year, states are scrutinizing the reasons that they allow parents to claim an exemption from school and day care vaccination requirements. This year, California passed a law disallowing exemptions for religious or philosophical reasons. Public health officials and policymakers are engaged in a dialogue with parents about whether vaccines are safe, and the limits of states’ authority to force children to be vaccinated.

2. In the State: HMOs Make a Comeback in Health Insurance Market
Consumers looking for health insurance appear to be more willing to trade access to a wide network of providers in favor of lower costs by using Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). Twelve insurance companies will offer HMOs on the federally-run health insurance marketplace in Ohio in 2016, up from seven in 2014. Consumers are taking a risk, however, if they need specialists or hospitals outside of the HMO’s network. They will not receive help for bills owed to out-of-network providers.

3. In the Region: Cuyahoga County Neighborhood Asset Maps Show Community Services and Resources
New neighborhood asset maps created by Community Solutions, in collaboration with Council of Neighborhood Leaders, show the locations of health and human service providers, schools, child care providers, faith-based institutions, and other community resources throughout Cleveland and its inner-ring suburbs. These maps are a useful informational and planning tool for nonprofits, service providers, and public officials to examine the social service landscape in greater Cleveland and identify potential gaps in service. For more information, and to download the maps, click here.

4. At Community Solutions: Upcoming Events Feature President and Executive Director John Corlett
Join CCS President and Executive Director John Corlett tomorrow, September 1, for a CCS Council on Older Persons and Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging panel discussion on the significance of cornerstone policies benefiting senior adults. Next, join him Wednesday, September 9, at The Visiting Nurses Association, for The Impact of Elder Caregiving Forum, as he and fellow panelists discuss the impact of elder caregiving on both the employee and the employer.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: The Importance of Volunteers
Volunteerism remains strong around the nation, and Community Solutions recognizes the immeasurable value that volunteers bring to the community in northeast Ohio. Do you have a stand-out volunteer at your organization that you’d like to recognize in a special way? Nominate them for the Most Treasured Volunteer (MTV) Award! Nominations are due on September 18; click here for more information. To learn more about the importance of volunteerism, and view the complete infographic, click here.

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Join Us on October 13 for our 73rd Annual Human Services Institute: Spotlight on Public Policy: The Opiate Epidemic.











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A nonprofit, non-partisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions focuses on solutions to health, social and economic issues.

We help the people who help people -- human service professionals, civic leaders, and public officials. Our applied research, policy analysis, and non-partisan advocacy are what set us apart. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, we identify, analyze, and explain key health, social, and economic data and issues, and propose non-partisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. In addition to keeping an eye on emerging issues, we focus on five priorities. They include: 

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