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How Ohio helps needy families in crisis, but still encourages a goal of self-sufficiency

The Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) program, as previously detailed in a report released by The Center for Community Solutions, addresses emergent needs families may experience during a time of hardship. A loss of a job or a sudden illness are only a few examples of issues that could catapult families into poverty. These scenarios...


Dear future governor, How will you strengthen the health and human services safety net?

With Tuesday’s midterm election, Ohioans are bracing for the changes new state leadership will bring. In order to better inform Ohioans on some of the policy issues that may be discussed in the future, The Center for Community Solutions has continued its work to provide 18 questions for the 2018 election. A future governor who...


The Lifecycle of Trauma: How Trauma Impacts Older Adults

Recently I attended the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) conference where the agenda focused on a variety of topics specific to Adult Protective Services (APS). Here at The Center for Community Solutions we have focused a lot of work this year on APS in Ohio, working on two separate pieces that highlighted APS statewide...


AG Task Force Report on Opioids Important Step to Combat Crisis

This week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released a report from the Insurer Task Force on Opioid Reduction. Joined by many of Ohio’s leading insurance companies, DeWine outlined the goals to fight the epidemic, and ways that insurance company reforms can affect the impact of the opiate crisis here in Ohio. Also this week, The...


When Minds Meet: Transportation Comes Together, But Does it Change?

Meeting of the Minds, a nonprofit, knowledge sharing network that provides a place for cities to develop practical solutions for sustainability and to create smart cities, held a meeting in Cleveland on May 23 to spark a conversation around “Mobility, Equity and Data.” With a significant emphasis on transportation, the meeting began with comments from...


A “PEP” talk from Dr. Bruce Perry on Clinical Approach to Combat Adverse Childhood Experiences

Though the impacts of toxic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can be overwhelming, Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy gave an inspiring and informative talk in Cleveland on May 15 on the effects of such trauma, and ways to build and empower a trauma informed community. Though I have participated in many...


Addressing Childhood Trauma to Create Positive Outcomes

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine hosted a conference on Tuesday, March 27, that focused on childhood trauma. The conference had roughly 700 registrants and highlighted the work happening every day in Ohio by using a platform for sharing ideas from around the country and the state. The Attorney General began the day by emphasizing that...


The Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty: The Impact of Dropout Recovery Schools

The Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty (STFEP) met on October 12 to discuss the impact dropout recovery schools have on students in poverty. In addition to the testimony from dropout recovery schools, the committee heard testimony from former State Representative Jim Buchy, who presented on the benefits of agricultural education. By incorporating agri-science...


The Commission on Infant Mortality

The Commission on Infant Mortality met Wednesday, October 11, for the first time in over a year and a half.  The commission focused on the work that began with the passage of Senate Bill 332, focusing on what has happened since the last meeting (April 28, 2016) and what the state has been doing regarding...


The Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty: The State’s Superintendent Weighs In

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty heard from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria. From the start, Superintendent DeMaria challenged the committee by saying there is “no more important challenge that we must address.” Having set the tone for the remainder of his presentation, the superintendent...

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