June 19, 2017

1. In the Nation: Federal Budget Cutters Take Aim at Food Stamps
President Donald Trump's budget would slash the federal food-assistance program by 25 percent, saddling states such as Ohio with the cost of feeding the hungriest among them. "This is the first line of defense against hunger in our great country," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. "It is a modest benefit that goes to feeding our most vulnerable."

2. In the StateCerebral Palsy Didn't Stop This Kenyon College Junior. Obamacare Repeal Might.
Here's what cutting Medicaid could mean for people with disabilities.

3. In the Region: Once on the Streets, 'Superhero' Carl Cook Works to Solve Cleveland Homelessness
Carl Cook, 49, started "sipping" alcohol "here and there" when he was 8 years old. It was nearly three decades - and a life of lawlessness, addiction and, at times, homelessness - before he got sober.

4. At Community Solutions: Call for Volunteers! 
The AIDS Funding Collaborative is recruiting volunteers for National HIV Testing Day outreach at RTA stations on June 27, 2017, from 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Lindsay Marcus at lmarcus@communitysolutions.com or 216-781-2944 x413.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Medicare Quality and Spending
Not all states are equal when it comes to health care quality and spending. Relative to the US median, Ohio has 5 percent higher spending and 2 percent lower quality, according to this interactive graphic from the Commonwealth Fund. Learn more here.

The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown Presents W.T. McCullough Lecture


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