August 21, 2017

1. In the Nation: America, Home of the Transactional Marriage
The country's exceptionally thin safety net prompts residents--especially those with less-steady employment--to view partnership in more economic terms.

2. In the StateHow Business of Fentanyl Controls Ohio's Opioid Crisis
This is a story about how illegal drugs get into Ohio -- and the faces of the people they kill. Ohio's drug epidemic has predators and prey.

3. In the RegionAkron's New Development Ready to Bolster Underserved Areas
Akron has a new loan fund in place to help finance projects in urban areas and especially in challenged neighborhoods, where developments likely could not qualify for a bank loan or other funding.

4. At Community SolutionsHeroes in the CLE
Join CCS at United Way of Greater Cleveland's new campaign kickoff event, "Heroes in the CLE," on Thursday, August 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Mall B in Downtown Cleveland. Register here.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Eclipse Day
Today all of North America will get to see a solar eclipse, and here in Northeastern Ohio the sun will be about 80 percent eclipsed by the passing moon. Learn more about eclipses in this week's featured infographic, and find out about local events here.

Save the Date: October 20, 2017 — Celebration of Human Services


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