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May 11, 2020

Grocery shopping alternatives are great, unless you have SNAP

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) began, customers across the country have been utilizing the convenience of online shopping for more than just clothes and shoes. Online shopping has become one of the most popular ways to obtain food and household essentials as it allows customers to adhere to social distancing guidelines and...

May 5, 2020

Friday webinar series recap: How counties & case workers are responding to COVID-19

The Center for Community Solutions, in partnership with Advocates for Ohio’s Future, hosted speakers from various family service agencies from across the state in a May 1 webinar. The topic of discussion was the impact COVID-19 has had on some of the state’s largest social programs and services and how those organizations have managed thus...

May 1, 2020

Giving birth while social distancing changes everything

For pregnant women and those who have recently given birth, the coronavirus pandemic coupled with the realities of social distancing present a lot of unforeseen challenges, concerns and ambiguity in terms of pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. Being pregnant during a pandemic may mean more than just having to cancel your baby shower and your reoccurring...

April 27, 2020

Columbus Metropolitan Club Special Report: Coronavirus exposes disparities

The Columbus Metropolitan Club hosted a forum on April 22 featuring Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Health Commissioner for Columbus Public Health and Stephanie Hightower, President & CEO of the Columbus Urban League, to discuss how the Coronavirus pandemic has not only exposed but exacerbated decades-old racial inequities and disparities in our communities. After a friendly reminder...

April 10, 2020

Coronavirus and child welfare

In a previous piece, I highlighted the challenges of preparing for parenthood under the extenuating circumstances a pandemic provides, however, many alternative challenges endure for existing families who may be struggling to reunite or stay together. In light of the opioid use epidemic, every stage of the child welfare system in nearly every state has...

March 16, 2020

How a pandemic affects vulnerable populations

Amid an outbreak of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), many communities around the world are taking measures to prevent further spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 by closing universities, canceling events and requiring extended quarantine of anyone who may have come in contact with someone with the disease. While these precautions aim to contain...

February 3, 2020

How the criminalization of mental illness and substance use disorders impacts African-Americans in Ohio

It is well established that minorities, especially African-Americans, are overrepresented in the nation’s criminal justice system, and have been since the prison population began to skyrocket four decades ago, and Ohio’s penal system looks no different. Black people in Ohio are nearly three times more likely to be in jail compared to the state’s general...

November 11, 2019

Ohio latest state to tackle economics of menstruation

In a previous piece, I briefly described how the passage of House Bill 19, which exempts all feminine hygiene products from sales and use taxes, would benefit both Ohio women who are incarcerated and local governments by allowing county sheriffs to purchase feminine hygiene products tax free. Feminine hygiene products are essential to the health...

August 26, 2019

Ohio jails struggle with continuous, dependable feminine hygiene care

During my time in the Ohio Legislature, Representative Brigid Kelly and I worked tirelessly to make feminine hygiene products more accessible to women and girls in our state. This included reintroducing a bill to exempt the products from the state sales tax. For us, this was a part of a much larger effort to assure...

July 29, 2019

How proposed USDA rule could affect SNAP eligibility in Ohio

In a move that will result in fewer Americans qualifying for benefits, on Tuesday the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, proposed new rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would eliminate eligibility for households with savings and other assets.  Currently, The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 allows for states to use “categorical...

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