September 18, 2017

1. In the Nation: The Uninsured Rate is Rising for these Three Groups
America's uninsured rate has steadily ticked downward ever since the Affordable Care Act became law. This makes a new Commonwealth Fund study quite surprising: It shows the uninsured rate going up for certain demographics.

2. In the State: Ohio House Again Weighs Override of Kasich Veto Protecting Medicaid Expansion
The Ohio House on Saturday was again weighing an override of Republican Gov. John Kasich's veto protecting Medicaid expansionafter scrapping the idea in July.

3. In the Region: Can We Prevent More Overdose Deaths of People Released After Detoxing in Jail?
Ohio's jails are central to the state's efforts to stem the tide of opioid addiction and death, much as they have been the catch basin for treating our state's most severely mentally ill...the greatest danger of opioid detox in jail seems to come when a person is released. Their tolerance for the drug is low but their cravings may still be sky-high. These folks are highly likely to die.

4. At Community Solutions: Five Area Residents Named MTVs
Five area residents have been selected as the 2016-2017 MTVs (Most Treasured Volunteers) by The Center for Community Solutions for their dedication to volunteering at nonprofit human services organizations serving Greater Cleveland:

  • SAMUEL HUSTON, Neighborhood Family Practice 
  • LINDA JENKINS, Cleveland Sight Center 
  • BRYAN JONES, Garden Valley Neighborhood House 
  • JAMES MASON, United Way of Greater Cleveland
  • BETSY SAMPLINER, Cleveland School of the Arts

Their volunteer service includes helping people adjust to life during and after vision loss, educating and advocating regarding HIV prevention and testing, providing leadership during a period of rapid growth, sharing skills while building self-esteem in children, and serving as an ambassador both locally and on the state level. Between them, they represent nearly 50 years of volunteer service. The awards will be presented during the 2017 Celebration of Human Services on Friday, October 20, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center-Downtown.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Uninsured Rates in Ohio Are Down
The CCS Research Team has been working hard to understand what the last week's Census data releases mean for Cleveland, the region, and Ohio. The most meaningful finding is that in the past year, rates of uninsured people across the state have dropped significantly. This can be attributed to the success of the Affordable Care Act and Ohio's Medicaid Expansion. Check out our blogs for updates on poverty, populationdemographics, and more.

The 2017 Senior Forum: A Conversation with the Final Candidates for Mayor scheduled for Tuesday, September 19 has been postponed. 
Stay tuned to future 5Things and Weekly Briefing for more information.


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