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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...