June 27, 2016

1. In the Nation: Most Cigarette Smokers Have No Idea What They are Inhaling
A study published last week found that only about a quarter of smokers did any research about what is found in tobacco smoke, which is known to contain chemicals that cause cancer and other ailments. It also found that most smokers were unaware of what cigarette smoke consists of, and about half of respondents said that they would like to see that information displayed on the cigarette pack.

2. In the State: CCS Releases Comprehensive Guide to the Social Services in Ohio
Human Services 101: A Straightforward Guide to the Social Services in Ohio is a new resource that provides easy-to-understand, yet comprehensive, information on the social service systems that help Ohioans. The interactive guide includes straightforward descriptions of social service programs at the federal, state, and local levels, combined with interesting data, links, and facts for those who want to dig deeper. The entire guide is now available here. To accompany the guide, we'll be releasing short videos for each chapter, narrated by CCS staff. This week, you can view videos on The Structure of Human Services & Local Nonprofits, Income Support Services, and Food Assistance Services. Additional videos will be released over the next few weeks.

3. In the Region: Hospitals Prepare and Collaborate for the RNC
Officials from Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth, and St. Vincent Charity Hospital systems are working together to address any public health issues that will arise from the Republican National Convention. MetroHealth will staff entrances and the First Aid Village, University Hospitals will cover the Global Center for Health Innovation, the Cleveland Clinic will be covering Progressive Field and Quicken Loans area, and St. Vincent Charity will see the bulk of walk-in appointments as the closest ER to Downtown Cleveland. The systems are working with government officials on a wide range of scenarios and have conducted mock events, to be prepared for whatever may occur.

4. At Community Solutions: AFC's LOI Deadline Approaching
Submission of Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for the AIDS Funding Collaborative (AFC) for the 2016-2017 responsive funding cycle is due at Noon on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. This funding opportunity is open to agencies that serve or engage in work that impacts a population affected by HIV/AIDS. To learn more visit www.AIDSFundingCollaborative.org.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Mapping Disparities among Medicare Beneficiaries
An interactive mapping tool from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allows users to see how their county compares to other counties when it comes to health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries. The tool can also be used to compare different age, races, and ethnicities' health outcomes around the country. Data can be downloaded for more in-depth analysis. To interact with the Mapping Medicare Disparities tool, click here.

 CCS Partners with WRAAA for "Advocacy in Motion" Trainings. 
Learn more in our latest "Common Ground." 










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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