1. In the Nation: Hospitals Seeing Benefits from Affordable Care Act The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette analyzed data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 4,509 hospitals for the years 2011 through 2014. The analysis revealed hospitals spent less on charity care and showed no increase in bad debt in 2014, reversing increasing trends.
2. In the State: Summit County Launches New Mental Health Initiative This week, Summit County launched an initiative to increase awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness, the first such countywide initiative in the nation. The initiative was announced earlier this year by County Executive Russ Pry and aims to encourage people to recognize signs of mental illness and reach out to people in need of help.
3. In the Region: Take a Stand Against Poverty in Cleveland Nearly 40 percent of people living in Cleveland are in poverty. CCS has worked with a number of organizations committed to taking a stand against poverty and the following video asks our community to join the conversation and #SpeakUpCLE.
4. At Community Solutions: Welcome Brie; Congratulations Kate Join us in welcoming our newest policy and planning associate Brie Lusheck to The Center for Community Solutions' Columbus office and congratulating Kate Warren on her promotion to policy and planning associate.
5. This Week's Featured Infographic: HIV Awareness and Testing in the U.S. Black adults and gay and bisexual men make up a disproportionate share of people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. New research reveals that these two demographic groups are slightly more likely than the general public to be aware of HIV treatment and prevention options, however, more work is needed to increase awareness. This week's graphic reveals the HIV-related awareness and experiences that these various groups have.
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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
Safety, Health, and Economic Wellbeing of Older Adults
Improving Maternal and Infant Health
Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services
Adolescent Reproductive Health Education
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