August 29, 2016

1. In the Nation: Newsweek Explores Lifelong Impact of Poverty and Violence on the Childhood Brain
In an in-depth look at the lasting impact poverty and violence can have on the development of a child, Newsweek examines the impact of multiple recently-released studies that collectively found that childhood violence could lead to weaker neural connections related to awareness, judgment, as well as ethical and emotional processing.

2. In the State: You're Invited to the Inaugural Medicaid Budget Training Academy
You are cordially invited to The Center for Community Solutions Center for Medicaid Policy's Inaugural Medicaid Budget Training Academy. This two-day event, which will take place November 15-16 in Columbus, Ohio, is intended to connect human service agency staff with policy experts on Ohio's Medicaid program and its role in Ohio's budget. To learn more, visit

3. In the Region: HHSA Committee Approves Office of Homeless Services Request to Receive Federal Funding
The Health, Human Services and Aging Committee of Cuyahoga County Council voted to approve a request by the Office of Homeless Services to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would be dedicated to meeting the needs of the County's most vulnerable residents. The grant will go towards supporting the construction of housing projects for members of the County's homeless population, in particular individuals with a mental illness and/or who face large hurdles in finding sustainable employment and housing.

4. At Community Solutions: Register for the 1st Quarterly Health and Human Services Briefing
Join Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services and The Center for Community Solutions on Thursday, September 29, 2016, 8:30AM-10:00AM for the1st Quarterly Health and Human Services Briefing. To learn more and to register, click here.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Rate of U.S. Women Dying in Childbirth is Rising
According to this recent article, the maternal death rate in the U.S. is consistently rising. This week's graphic shows that the rise is likely driven by the prevalence of chronic disease among pregnant women, and African American women are disproportionately impacted. Ohio is among the states that have a review board working to prevent future pregnancy-related deaths; read the Ohio Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review here.


Save the Date: October 21, Celebration of Human Services,
Presentation of the John A. Begala Public Service Awards










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