The Federation became more of a community engine for research and analysis, advocacy, and problem solving. As a result, it changed its name in 2004 to The Center for Community Solutions.
With community input, Community Solutions’ followed its name change by selecting four key areas in which to concentrate its resources: youth development; extensive study and advocacy in health care for vulnerable citizens, particularly the local homeless population; sexual health and behavior; and the viability of Ohio’s Medicaid program.
Community Solutions helped establish the Emergency Campaign to Protect Ohio’s Future (eventually becoming Advocates for Ohio’s Future), a statewide health and human services budget coalition, and successfully advocated for state revenues to remain adequate to fund essential health and human services.
Community Solutions published an 11-part study of Ohio’s state and local tax system. The report helped to influence tax and spending policy decisions at the state level.
Community Solutions worked to expand access to high quality early care and education, which resulted in the formation of Groundwork Ohio, a statewide advocacy organization committed to advancing quality early care and education.