State Budget Priorities 2024-25 from The Center for Community Solutions

State Budget Priorities 2024-25 from The Center for Community Solutions

As we embark on a new year and the 135th General Assembly, The Center for Community Solutions has laid out a set of priorities for the 2024-2025 state budget that closely align with our organizational policy priority areas and build upon progress made to date. Our budget priorities are responsive to the fact that we’re still dealing with COVID-19 and...

Research team celebrates promotions of Emily Muttillo and Alex Dorman

Research team celebrates promotions of Emily Muttillo and Alex Dorman

Emily Muttillo has been named Senior Research Fellow at The Center for Community Solutions. She will continue in her role as Director of Research and Williamson Family Fellow for Applied Research. She directs much of Community Solutions’ consulting work and leads the high-performing team focused on data analysis and demographic and socioeconomic research. During her seven years at Community Solutions,...

Ohio Budget Process 2024-25: primer and timeline

Ohio Budget Process 2024-25: primer and timeline

It’s an odd-numbered year in Ohio and that means we will soon see a state budget proposed by Governor Mike DeWine, the first budget of his second term. Every two years, the governor releases budget recommendations and the General Assembly takes the first half of the year to consider the proposal and develop its own versions of a budget for...

A 5 Item Health and Human Service Budget Advocacy to Do List

A 5 Item Health and Human Service Budget Advocacy to Do List

The Ohio General Assembly has reconvened, sworn in its members, and elected leadership (State Senator Matt Huffman is Ohio Senate President and State Representative Jason Stephens is Ohio House Speaker). The Senate leadership has already released its committee and chair assignments. The House may take a bit longer due to the unexpected election of Rep. Jason Stephens to the Speaker...

We cannot achieve racial equity until we are ready to ask people to identify their race

Ohio is becoming more racially diverse. The demographic shift will naturally continue because the younger generation is more likely than previous generations to report being something other than “Non-Hispanic White Alone.” That’s the way the U.S. Census Bureau describes people who are white and nothing else. As we’ve written about in the past, the Census has continued to improve the...

Meet new 2023 Board members and Board Chair Kyle Miller

Meet new 2023 Board members and Board Chair Kyle Miller

At their final meeting of 2022, The Center for Community Solutions Board of Directors voted to elect Kyle Miller to a two-year term as chair of the board of directors beginning January, 2023. Miller serves as External Affairs Manager for Dominion Energy. In this role, he is the forward-facing representative in communities Dominion Energy serves. He works with local officials,...

A Journey for Racial Equity to reach OUR North Star!

A Journey for Racial Equity to reach OUR North Star!

In 2020, this country had to face itself in the image of a man of authority with his knee on a man’s neck who begged for release in order to breathe and live. The ultimate death of George Floyd became the visual that disrupted the notion that this country was past its racial disparities. Some of us, especially Black people, knew...

Moving Past Declarations: Confronting the Barriers

Moving Past Declarations: Confronting the Barriers

Dr. Camara Jones, past-President of the APHA, identified three steps to move beyond public health declarations into actions that actually address racism. The steps Dr. Jones suggests are to: 1. name racism, 2. identify the mechanisms by which racism operates, and 3. build strategy and take action. Part 1 of this series focuses on the first 2 of 3 steps.   Before...

Village of Healing: Where Black Moms Matter

Village of Health where black moms matter

Upon making the decision to prioritize improving the dire maternal and infant health crisis our state is facing, Community Solutions committed itself to ensuring said efforts are rooted in the lived experience of the families and professionals in our communities. Thus far, these collaborations have come in a myriad of forms, including engaging with practicing midwives across our state before...