November 23, 2015

1. In the Nation: Pregnant Women and Caffeine
A new study of over 2,000 women concludes that when a pregnant woman has a morning cup of coffee, it does not have a negative effect on the IQ of her child. The study was co-authored by Sarah Kelm, an assistant professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at The Ohio State University.

2. In the State: Trends in State General Revenue Fund Tax Policy
Cuts to income tax rates and expanding tax exemptions have led to an increased reliance on the sales tax and have limited the growth of the GRF. Although total GRF tax revenue has never been higher in nominal terms (expected to reach $23.0 billion in FY 2017), when adjusted for inflation, GRF tax revenues peaked in FY 2005 at a level 11.7 percent greater than FY 2015. Learn more in our latest State Budgeting Matters “Trends in State General Revenue Fund Tax Policy.”

3. In the Region: Failure to Address Minority Health Concerns Leads to Personnel Changes
The Health Commissioner for the City of Cleveland was fired, and the Director of Public Health resigned on Friday, November 20. According to, the mismanagement of a $3 million federal grant for lead inspection and abatement by health officials led to it being revoked by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2013.

4. At Community Solutions: Congratulations Care Alliance!
At the 2015 Celebration of Human Services, Care Alliance Health Center was named the winner of the $20,000 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award for its Central Neighborhood Clinic, a modern, 30,000-square foot clinic at the corner of East 30th Street and Central Avenue, which began serving neighborhood residents in April 2015.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: Cigarette Smoking Rates Higher Among Medicaid Recipients
Although the prevalence of cigarette smoking among American adults has declined over the past decade, many vulnerable populations still smoke at higher rates than the general public. As this week’s infographic shows, adults who are uninsured or on Medicaid are more than twice as likely to be smokers than adults with private insurance. To read more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent findings on cigarette smoking prevalence, click here.

Have a happy and safe holiday!
Our Cleveland and Columbus offices will be closed November 26-27, re-opening November 30.









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