July 6,2015

1. In the Nation: What Happens When You Offer Free Long-acting Birth Control?
Over the past six years, Colorado has conducted one of the largest real-life experiments with long-acting birth control, by offering free intrauterine devices and implants to teenagers and poor women. The results of this experiment were startling, not only did the birthrate for teenagers decline; there was also a decline in unplanned pregnancies for unmarried women under 25 who have not finished high school.

2. In the State: Redistricting Decision Could Have Impact in Ohio

A Supreme Court decision last week cleared the way for redistricting reform across the country. In Ohio, voters will consider a new plan for drawing state legislative districts in November but more changes may be on the horizon.

3. In the Region: Ban on Local Hiring Requirements Faces Opposition

Many municipalities have a local hiring preference for publicly bid projects. These point systems, or quotas, would be banned under a bill, which is gaining traction in the state legislature, despite the continuing opposition of officials from Akron and other large cities.

4. At Community Solutions: State Budget Highlights

House Bill 64, the state budget bill, contains numerous important changes to health and human service programs, including a new requirement that the state apply for a Medicaid waiver to charge premiums to certain adults in the program. Read Community Solutions' executive summary of these provisions here.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: Government Funding Critical For Human Services

Seventy-five cents of every dollar invested in health and social services in Cuyahoga County comes from public sources. Understanding how funding flows between levels of government can help nonprofits access these resources. Experts from Community Solutions and Foundation Center Cleveland will explain this and more during “Introduction to Government Funding” sessions July 14, July 28, and August 11. The trainings are free, but space is limited and registration is required. Learn more here.



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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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