January 16, 2018

1. In the Nation: The Perfect Storm Behind This Year's Nasty Flu Season
strong virus, a less-than-effective vaccine, and an IV bag shortage that goes back to Hurricane Maria.

2. In the State: MLK Preached Equality, but it Eludes Many Black Ohioans
Communities across Ohio on Monday will celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s work to bring dignity and equal rights to all Americans. But now, half a century since King was assassinated, blacks in Ohio are, in many fundamental ways, lagging far behind.

3. In the Region: Fighting Poverty One Performance at a Time
The audacity of the title got my attention: "How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (with 119 people you may or may not know)." The premise of the show coming to Cleveland Public Theatre Jan. 24-28 is deceptively simple: At the end of each performance, audiences vote on how best to use $1,000 from the evening's box office sales.

4. At Community SolutionsJoin Us in Welcoming Dani Carlson to CCS!
Last week, John R. Corlett, president and executive director of The Center for Community Solutions, announced that Ms. Dani Carlson, an Emmy-award-winning investigative reporter, would become the organization's director of communications and digital strategy on January 22. Learn more about Dani here.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we reflect on how far we've come since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and on how much work there still is to do. This week's graphic from the U.S. Census Bureau shows how things have changed for African Americans since 1964.

01162018 Infographic

CCS recently elected four new members to its Board of Directors. 
Learn more about our new directors here.


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