January 23, 2017

1. In the Nation: ACA Repeal Would Harm Ohio
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would mean nearly a million fewer Ohioans would have health insurance, would undo Ohio's successful Medicaid expansion, and would cost Ohio jobs and economic development. Before any repeal vote, the plan for replacement should be clear.

2. In the StateOhio Graduation Requirements May Be Tweaked
Ohio's new graduation requirements are meant to better ensure students leaving high school are prepared for work or higher education. But some argue the standards are too strict and threaten to widen the achievement gap for students in school districts with high poverty. A panel of experts charged with examining the requirements began meeting last week and will issue recommendations in April.

3. In the Region: Elton John AIDS Foundation Awards AFC $50,000 Grant
The AIDS Funding Collaborative (AFC) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation - the most significant grant from a national funder to the AFC in over a decade. The funding will match $50,000 in AFC dollars to build capacity for nPEP (non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis) services and promote PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), for HIV prevention in Cuyahoga County. This is recognized as one of the most promising strategies for eliminating or greatly reducing the number of new HIV infections in our community.

4. At Community Solutions: CCSAH Strategic Planning
Results from the most recent survey of members of the Collaborative for Comprehensive School Age Health (CCSAH) conveyed a desire to revisit their mission, vision, and goals. Staff from Advocates for Youth will facilitate a strategic planning dialogue on March 13, 2017. CCSAH will review their current mission, discuss their successes and areas for improvement, and plan for the future. For more information, contact Shaina Munoz, smunoz@communitysolutions.com.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: What Foods do Americans Buy?
While stereotypes about SNAP users persist, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest that there are no major differences in the foods and drinks that SNAP households and non-SNAP households purchase. As this article from The Huffington Post points out, purchases of unhealthy foods such as sugary drinks and bag snacks are high among households with and without SNAP benefits.
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Save-the-date: October 20, 2017, Annual Celebration of Human Services!


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