May 31, 2016

1. In the Nation: Veterans who Served Multiple Tours Struggle at Home
After 14 years of war, the number of veterans with multiple tours of combat duty is the largest in modern American history - more than 90,000 soldiers and Marines, many of them elite fighters who deployed four or more times. New evidence suggests that these veterans are not like most others when it comes to adjusting to civilian life.

2. In the State: Suicide Rates Jump among Ohio Youth
There is increased alarm among health professionals as data shows that the rate of young girls aged 10-14 committing suicide has tripled over the past 15 years. Since 2000, there have been over 200 youths under the age of 15 who have died from suicide. These statistics have led to increased questions among suicide prevention advocates on how to combat this heartbreaking, but growing public health issue.

3. In the Region: Cuyahoga County Experiences Record-high Heroin and Fentanyl Deaths in 2016
150 people have died in the first four months of the year from an overdose of heroin, fentanyl, or a combination of the two. The current pace of 450 would represent the highest number of deaths from heroin and fentanyl in the county's history.

4. At Community Solutions: An Update on the Extension of Medicaid
The Centers for Disease Control recently announced Ohio's uninsured rate is down to a historic low of 6.5 percent, in large part due to the extension of Medicaid to low-income able-bodied adults. In his latest blog post, Center for Medicaid Policy Fellow Loren Anthes takes a look at the impact of the extension in terms of lives covered and total costs.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: The Summer Slide
Students living in poverty are more likely than students from higher-income families to lose skills over their summer break, which contributes to a growing achievement gap. This week's graphic reveals some of the effects of summer learning loss on low-income children. A recent blog from The United Way of Greater Cleveland identifies local opportunities for children to engage in summer reading programs, which help prevent the "summer slide."

Read CCS President and Executive Director John Corlett's column, "Ohio has opportunity to remove barrier to addiction treatment."










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