September 25, 2017

1. In the Nation: How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor
By reframing the issue around the evils of big government, Republicans are notching victories that have eluded more liberal legislatures.

2. In the State: Housing and Medicaid
Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans spend more than half their income on housing. With housing is a key social determinant of health, and a cost driver in health costs. Policy Fellow Loren Anthes asks, what role Medicaid can play?

3. In the Region: Sterling Library Gives Children Food for Mind, Body, and Soul
The mission of libraries has changed: Once focused on feeding minds, they now feed souls, and stomachs, too.

4. At Community SolutionsGreg Moody to be Honored at Celebration of Human Services, October 20, Cleveland
Greg Moody, director of the Governor's Office of Health Transformation, will receive The Center for Community Solutions Awards for Public Service in Honor of John A. Begala for his efforts to modernize Ohio's Medicaid program and to improve health care quality and outcomes in Ohio. The awards ceremony will take place during the morning program of the Celebration of Human Services in Cleveland on Friday, October 20, 2017.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Suicide Prevention
September is Suicide Prevention Month, so we are featuring this infographic from Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University. According to the data, suicide ideation and attempts have gone up among Cuyahoga County teens in recent years. If you or someone you know needs help, check out resources from NAMI, or call FrontLine's 24/7 Suicide Hotline: (216) 623-6888.

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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