April 24, 2017

1. In the Nation: Inundated with Gunshot Victims, Chicago Doctors and Nurses Face 'Compassion Fatigue'
More than 4,300 people were shot in Chicago in 2016. Nurses and physicians in Chicago's trauma units say they feel these shootings in their souls. Day after day, they work 12-hour shifts without enough resources to handle the shooting victims.

2. In the StateChange in 52-Year-Old Medicaid Rule will Expand Mental Health Care
A change in a federal Medicaid rule that has stood for 52 years is expected to allow more Ohioans to get badly needed mental health services.

3. In the Region: Cuyahoga County Initiates Expanded Youth Internship Program
The Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging Committee heard a presentation on a partnership between Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services, Youth Opportunities Unlimited and Towards Employment to create the Cuyahoga County Youth Internship Program. Read more in the latest CCS blog.

4. At Community SolutionsWhoops Proof in NEO: Contraceptive Awareness Campaign Implementation and Findings 
From December, 2015, until November, 2016, The Center for Community Solutions piloted the Whoops Proof (whoopsproof.org) social marketing campaign in five Ohio Counties: Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula, as part of its Better Birth Control NEO initiative. The campaign included outdoor, transportation, restroom and digital advertising. Polling data and digital metrics were collected to monitor and evaluate the campaign. Findings are available here.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Happy Earth Day from CCS!
Saturday was Earth Day, which is a great reminder of the big and little things we can all do to protect our planet. This week's infographic features ten simple things you can do to take care of the earth. Not only are all of these ideas great for our environment, they can also help us live healthier, longer lives.

RSVP for the April 27 The Medicaid Policy Institute featuring OSU's Wexner Medical Center's CEO and Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Dr. Sheldon Retchin.


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