May 22, 2017

1. In the Nation: How Some Kids Escape Poverty
Just 16 percent of children who grow up in poverty manage to become economically successful adults. How do they do it?

2. In the StateLatest State Budgeting Matters Examines 2018-2019 House Budget
The Ohio House passed its version of the state budget very early in May. The latest editions of State Budgeting Matters examine the differences between the Governor's introduced budget and the version passed by the Ohio House in several health and human services agencies.

3. In the Region: Women's Philanthropy 'Unsung' Volunteer Horwitz Talks about Helping Refugees
Gayle Horwitz told 450 women about the importance of helping refugees adjust to the U.S. at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland's annual Women's Philanthropy Spring Luncheon May 18 at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights.

4. At Community Solutions: Get to Know Your Community Levies
Each year, citizens make their voices heard on a variety of issues through the voting process. Some of those issues are addressed by means of tax levies. This issue of Common Ground examines what county issues appear on the ballot in Cuyahoga, as well as how much the levies cost and how the money is allocated.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Medicaid Protects Ohio's Future
Because of Medicaid, over one million children in Ohio have health care, meaning that two-in-five Ohio children are on Medicaid, according to this week's featured graphic from Children's Defense Fund of Ohio. Preserving Medicaid is imperative for Ohio to have a healthy future. See the full graphic here.

05222017 Infographic


House-Passed Version of State Budget Includes $170 Million to Address Opiate Crisis and Behavioral Health Needs in the State


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