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Dear County Executive: how will you sustain services for older adults?

By: Rachelle Millner, West Side Community House & Karnese McKenzie, St. Martin de Porres Center Dear County Executive: We are the co-chairs of the Council of Neighborhood Leaders, a collective of local neighborhood centers that collectively assist thousands of families in Cuyahoga County. One of our most delicate populations we serve includes seniors; our elders...

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Dear County Executive: Cleveland’s neighborhood centers are critical safety nets

By: Atunyese Herron, President–CEO of East End Neighborhood House Dear County Executive, In 2022 East End Neighborhood House marked 115 years of service in Cleveland’s Greater Buckeye Neighborhood. We have reached over 1,000 individuals with our diverse array of services, with a staff of 27 and 65 volunteers. We are nestled on Woodhill Road and...

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Dear County Executive: our public benefits recipients need strong advocates. Will you be one?

By Tiffany Scruggs Dear County Executive, I have had the privilege of serving individuals in Cuyahoga County for 20 years! I have seen first-hand the critical health support offered to Medicaid recipients. While the program was created to support income-eligible residents, the process to successfully receive and maintain these critical supports presents its challenges. At...

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Dear County Executive, how will you support older adults?

By: Bert Rahl, LISW-S, Community Volunteer Marsha Mitchell Blanks, Community Volunteer Dear County Executive, We are all aging. Any person who is reading this is aging. Some are at different places in their aging process. But everyone, regardless of where one lives or where they are in life, deserves to age with dignity. The Council...

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Dear County Executive: what is your commitment to Black women outside of the election cycle?

By: Da’na M. Langford, Certified Nurse Midwife CEO and Medical Director of The Village of Healing Center Dear County Executive, Cuyahoga County has continued to fail Black women and not show up for us and our babies in the same way that we loyally continue to show up for this county. Cleveland, Ohio has been...

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Dear County Executive: how will you address the impact of COVID, opioids, and structural racism on behavioral health?

By: Eric Morse, MSSA, LISW-S, CEO, The Centers Dear County Executive, Cuyahoga County’s community behavioral health systems have been stretched thin by three overlapping public health crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio’s unremitting opioid epidemic, and structural racism. Even before the pandemic, 17% of adults in Cuyahoga County reported frequent mental distress in 2019.[1] While complete...

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Dear County Executive, how will you support mental and behavioral health data collection?

By: Cynthia Connolly Dear County Executive, Native Americans in Cuyahoga County deserve better data collection and reporting on mental and behavioral health needs. Right now, 71 percent of Native Americans live in urban settings. We live in all 88 Ohio counties, and while we count for a small share of the population relative to other...

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Dear County Executive: close gaps in the Medicaid application process for Limited English Proficient residents

By: Elaine Tso, Asian Services in Action (ASIA) Dear County Executive, Asian Services in Action (ASIA), supports immigrants and refugees with various resources, including government benefits. We guide immigrants and refugees through the American system to help them apply for eligible programs and benefits that would improve their life in the United States, such as...

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Dear County Executive: Cuyahoga County is the most racially and ethnically diverse in Ohio; how will that impact your leadership?

By: Daniel Ortiz, board member Young Latino Network and Avanzamos Unidos Dear County Executive, The task ahead of you is bigger than any one person. On the campaign trail, you’ve discussed racial equity and inclusion many times and now you are leading a county that is increasingly diverse with many communities looking to your administration...

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Dear County Executive, how will you address the inequalities and disparities within our community?

By: Crystal Bryant, Esq. Dear County Executive, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has been in existence since 1909. The Cleveland Branch of the NAACP was founded three years later, in 1912. Since then, the NAACP has prided itself on being a champion for civil rights and the advancement of equity...

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