Northeast Ohio

Bi-partisan State Representative Discussion Draws Largest HSAN Audience to Date
By William Tarter, Jr.
Policy Planning Associate & Community Advocacy
August 30, 2017

On Friday, August 25, 2017, approximately 50 people attended the third meeting in 2017 of the Human Services Advocacy Network (HSAN). The meeting was held at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, and featured State Representatives Sarah LaTourette and Emilia Strong Sykes. The meeting afforded the Representatives the opportunity to reflect on recent health-related legislative issues in the just-passed state budget, including the proposed Medicaid expansion freeze and the legislative vetoes, as well as increases in spending on community health issues such as the opioid epidemic. Representatives LaTourette and Sykes then transitioned to important issues that they hope to address between now and the end of the legislative term next year.

Representative LaTourette talked about the Multi-System Youth policy recommendations, which were developed with feedback from The Center for Community Solutions. The policy proposal seeks to assist and support children in the welfare system who are at-risk and need of comprehensive support, instead of being passed along from one agency to another. Additionally, Representative LaTourette spoke of her interest in palliative care, a type of medical care for those with serious illness, which treats the symptoms to increase comfort and may be used along with treatment of the illness.  Representative LaTourette specifically cited her own interaction with palliative care, where she saw the positive impact of palliative care for her late father, former Congressman Steve LaTourette, as he battled cancer.  Her interest includes the creation of a palliative care advisory board that would advise ways for the state to better educate the public on palliative care issues, as well as promote better understanding of palliative care referrals when made by a physician to patients and their families.

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Census Highlights: What do the Latest Census Data Tell Us about Northeast Ohio?

By Kate Warren
Policy & Planning Associate
September 15, 2016

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released its American Community Survey one-year estimates for 2015. These estimates are only available for geographies with populations of 65,000 or more, meaning that in Ohio we can look at data for most of our counties, and a few of our larger cities. Many of the local changes in the data reflect what we saw in the national data released on Tuesday.[1]  Ohio is seeing falling poverty rates, rising median household income, and falling rates of uninsured.

Poverty is Declining & Income is Rising
Mirroring the national trend, poverty has decreased over the past year for many Northeast Ohio communities. Despite progress in many communities, nearly 1.7 million Ohioans were living below poverty in 2015. While Cleveland remains one of Ohio’s poorest cities, with more than one in three of its residents living below the poverty threshold, its poverty rate dropped significantly from 39.2 percent in 2014 to 34.7 percent in 2015. Akron’s poverty rate rose to 25.9 percent over the past year (though the difference between 2014 and 2015 in Akron is not statistically significant).

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