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January 4, 2021

Akron Beacon Journal racism as a public health crisis: Behind the story of one of our HHS grant recipients

In June 2019, The Center for Community Solutions announced the winners of our inaugural Health and Human Services Journalism grant. All applicants submitted story proposals, and a panel of judges selected five winners. Below, grant winner Betty Lin-Fisher wrote about her reporting process and why she eventually decided to cov er racism as a public...

November 30, 2020

This World AIDS Day

By: Melissa Federman, Consultant Across the state, as we reconcile the upcoming holiday season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, public health leaders have been ambitiously and creatively preparing to recognize December 1, World AIDS Day. It’s a day when we remember those who have died of HIV/AIDS and recommit to ending an epidemic for which we...

November 23, 2020

Remembering: the Equal Justice Initiative

By: Dr. Susan Righi, M.D., Guest Author For the past several years, many members of the staff and Board at The Center for Community Solutions have held informal discussions to talk about implicit bias, police brutality and racism. Our goal in the coming months is to encourage communities around our region and the state to begin the...

August 10, 2020

Behind a story funded by a Community Solutions journalism grant: Families weigh the risks of sending a loved one to a nursing home during the coronavirus pandemic

In June 2019, The Center for Community Solutions announced the winners of our inaugural Health and Human Services Journalism grant. All applicants submitted story proposals, and a panel of judges selected five winners. When the coronavirus pandemic struck Ohio, multiple grant winners asked if they could use funding from our grant to partially finance their reporting...

May 5, 2020

The ever-expanding role of the American educator

By: Aaron Muttillo, Ph.D. Director, Day Treatment Centers Positive Education Program An educator’s role will always be multifaceted because of the complex, dynamic nature of a growing child. Most educators now embrace a whole-student approach to teaching, one that places great value on activities that address a child’s social and emotional development. As educators consider all...

December 2, 2019

Fact Sheet on Federal Proposal to Cut SNAP Benefit Levels in Ohio by Reducing the Standard Utility Allowance

By: Rachel Cahill Consultant for Cuyahoga County’s Benefits Access Partnership Background On October 3, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a proposed rule that would impose a standardized methodology for calculating the Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) for SNAP.[1] The SUA plays an important role determining a household’s total shelter expenses, which in turn, significantly...

November 11, 2019

Ambulance trouble in Mahoning County: Behind a story funded by a Community Solutions journalism grant

By: Jess Hardin HHS Reporting Grant winner   I first learned that ambulance service in the Mahoning Valley was in trouble while writing a routine story about a levy on the ballot in one of the communities I covered for The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio’s daily newspaper. Since completing the story, I have heard from paramedics...