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Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee Awards Workforce Development Contracts

The Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee heard a workforce development Request for Proposal (RFP) award for contracts with two agencies: the first to Maximus, a national workforce development entity with a local presence in Cleveland, for an award of $2,606,193.96, the other to The Centers for Families and Children for an award of $4,440,833.54. Each...

The Senate budget is out, what does it mean for health and human services?

By: Loren C. Anthes, MBA, Public Policy Fellow, Medicaid Policy Center Melissa Federman, Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy | Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow On Tuesday, the Ohio Senate released its version of the state budget, Substitute House Bill 166. We’ll be sharing more about the Senate’s changes in a...

Poverty waits in long, cold lines

Introduction I am a board member of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and earlier this year I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dan Rourke, a client health specialist with the Food Bank’s Help Center. He was one of the guiding spirits of the Help Center and helped connect thousands of Food Bank clients with needed help and...

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Greater Cleveland Foodbank present to county committee

The May 30 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee heard a workforce development Request For Proposal (RFP) award for contracts with two agencies and two presentations from community organizations: The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and The Greater Cleveland Foodbank. The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center The first presentation was from Sondra Miller, President and...

Feds float idea of re-evaluating poverty measures: Why you should pay attention

Last month, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), issued a notice that it’s looking at various inflation measures and how those measures influence the Official Poverty Measure (OPM) and other Census Bureau income measures. What does this mean? Currently, the OPM is tied to the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI is an inflation measure that looks at “the average...

Conference on Black Aging Reconvened After 10-Year Hiatus

More than 100 people, including advocates and organizational representatives, packed the multipurpose room at the A.M. McGregor Home in East Cleveland, on May 17 for the 2019 Anna V. Brown conference. The conference is named in honor of Brown, who was the first director for the Cleveland Office on Aging. It is meant to discuss the current state and future...

Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award: Who should I nominate?

After staffing the Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award for 35 years, I’m often asked “Should I nominate my organization? What should I highlight?” Simple questions. But not a simple answer. Nominate an organization today! According to the official award criteria: The “service” may have been a program, or it may have been a single, specific activity. It may be “outstanding” because of...

Solutions that Chip Away at Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice

  It is well-documented that black Americans, particularly black men, are arrested, charged and incarcerated at disproportionately high rates compared to white Americans.[1] The existence of this racial disparity in the criminal justice system has ripple effects in nearly every other system. For instance, having an incarcerated parent is considered an adverse childhood experience, which has a negative effect on...