September 26, 2016

1. In the Nation: National Museum of African American History Opens Its Doors
More than 100 years after it was originally proposed, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening its doors in Washington, D.C. In President Obama's remarks at the dedication ceremony, he said this museum shines a light on stories that are often overlooked in the history books.

2. In the State: Ohio Representatives Antonio, Sprague to be Honored at Celebration of Human Services, October 21, Cleveland
State Representatives Nickie Antonio (D-13) and Robert Sprague (R-83) will receive The Center for Community Solutions Awards for Public Service in Honor of John A. Begala for their tireless efforts to address Ohio's opiate crisis and their work on the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee. "What is notable about Representatives Antonio and Sprague is that they work in collaboration with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get results," according to CCS President and Executive Director John Corlett. The awards ceremony will take place at The Q in Cleveland on Friday, October 21, 2016.

3. In the Region: Collaborative Spotlights Refugees' Financial Impact
The Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland wants people to know that refugees aren't a negative force on the economy. In fact, they're the opposite." They're a boost to the economy," said Danielle Drake, chairwoman of the public affairs committee for the collaborative.

4. At Community Solutions: Share your thoughts! Annual Community Solutions Audience Survey
The 2016 Center for Community Solutions Audience Survey asks questions about important issues confronting Ohio and for feedback on the work of Community Solutions. The survey includes about a dozen short questions and should take about 5 minutes to complete. Responses will be confidential. Since we recognize that your time is limited and we greatly value your participation, if you complete the survey by Friday, October 7 and provide your contact information at the end, you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Target gift card. Thank you for your help! You can fill out the survey by following this link:

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: National Recovery Month
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. This week's infographic shows how widespread this issue is in the U.S. To learn more about resources for people struggling with mental illness and addiction in Ohio, click here.

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County Council HHSA Committee Update 

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