December 11, 2017

1. In the Nation: Falling Off the Cliff
As children with disabilities age into adulthood and well beyond, their families face a crisis that will impact all of us.

2. In the State: Ohio Schools Dish Out Suspensions, Other Discipline at Wildly Different Rates
School and school districts in Ohio suspend and discipline students at wildly different rates, a Plain Dealer review of statewide discipline data shows, with some taking action five, ten or even more than 20 times as much as the state average.

3. In the Region: Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Calls Increase Dramatically after Matt Lauer Allegations
On Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center saw unprecedented spikes in the number of new clients calling to request appointments. It was the greatest number of calls since the day after #MeToo took off on social media.

4. At Community SolutionsAddressing Maternal and Infant Health
Ohio has allocated nearly $170 million over the 2018-2019 biennium that can be used in the effort to reduce the state's high rate of infant mortality, which has continued to increase in recent years. In this issue brief, Tara Britton and Adam White outline the sources and uses of this funding, providing an overview of the state's investments in maternal and infant health.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Educational Attainment Among Young Adults
This week's infographic illustrates educational attainment and enrollment among young adults. About 40 percent of young adults in America are not enrolled in school and lack a college degree, according to a recent article by The Brookings Institution. These young people will likely face challenges as they search for employment in coming years, and many regional economies may suffer from having less educated workforces.

12112017 Infographics

Age Wave to Arrive Sooner in Some County Districts


What We Do

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 also focus on the following policies: 

  • Strengthening the Health and Human Services Safety Net
  • Medicaid
  • Safety, Health, and Economic Wellbeing of Older Adults  
  • Improving Maternal and Infant Health
  • Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health Education