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November 23, 2020

The Status of Ohio’s Women: Maternal Mortality

Last October, The Center for Community Solutions released fact sheets on the Status of Women for each of Ohio’s 88 counties. The fact sheets include a cross section of health, economic, civic and education indicators. Modeled after the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s national report on the Status of Women, they provide insight on how Ohio women...

October 19, 2020

A new tool to promote safe birth spacing in Ohio

By Guest Authors: Melissa Federman, Lisa Amlung Holloway and Lauren Sogor Maternal and child health outcomes improve when pregnancies are spaced at least 18 months from the previous birth. Ohio is behind the national average with safe birth spacing with 63 percent of births safely spaced, compared to 67 percent nationally. Too few health care...

July 6, 2020

The status of Ohio’s women: Birth spacing

Late last year, The Center for Community Solutions released fact sheets on the Status of Women for each of Ohio’s 88 counties that include a cross section of indicators about women including health, economic, civic and education levels. Modeled after a national report on the Status of Women, by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in which...

January 6, 2020

The status of Ohio’s women: Access to safety-net family planning service

In October, The Center for Community Solutions released fact sheets on the Status of Women for every Ohio county. The fact sheets include health, economic, civic and education indicators. They allow people in counties to see how women – their neighbors – fare across a number of indicators. Through our presentations and media interviews, we...

November 25, 2019

Harm reduction, drug users’ health take center stage at state HIV planning meeting

This month, the HIV, STI & Viral Hepatitis Interventions and Treatment Section of the Ohio Department of Health’s Office of Health Improvement and Wellness held its Combined Community Planning Group (CCPG) meeting. CCPG is a quarterly meeting of health service providers, community members, community-based organizations and other stakeholders who work across the HIV continuum –...

August 12, 2019

Ohio’s integrated HIV plan sees successes, state well positioned to help end HIV

In Ohio, HIV prevention and care for people living with HIV was independent until federal funders – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – required us to think of the services as a continuum and create an ‘integrated’ plan for HIV for Ohio, considered a...

August 5, 2019

Toxic stress linked to risky teen behaviors, poor health outcomes new local data shows

This summer, researchers at the Prevention Research Center at Case Western Reserve University presented 2017 data on toxic stress and adolescents in Cuyahoga County. The source is a new, 15 question index local students answer if their high schools participate in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The YRBS is a surveillance system developed almost...

July 29, 2019

New HIV service eligibility rules will help more Ohioans

In April, the Ohio Department of Health reinstated its HIV services program eligibility to 500 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). The program reduced its eligibility to 300 percent FPL in 2010, at a time when the program was not fiscally stable. The result created a two-tiered system of service provision in the state....

July 17, 2019

Ohio’s budget codifies the pregnancy associated mortality review committee

As the state responds to the high infant mortality rate, national reports have increasingly called attention to maternal deaths related to pregnancy, as well as severe maternal morbidity. The executive budget included language supporting the pregnancy associated mortality review process (PAMR) in Ohio, including a representative committee. The Center for Community Solutions began to explore...

April 15, 2019

Tracking data on maternal mortality and morbidity should be a priority in Ohio

The Center for Community Solutions and other Ohio advocates have called for the prioritization of maternal health, at a level parallel to the focus on infant health in Ohio. Maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity (described as ‘near misses’) have increased nationally and due to delays in data collection and dissemination in Ohio it has...

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