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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...

October 30, 2018

2018 AIDS Funding Collaborative Grants Announced

Throughout its nearly 19-year history, the AIDS Funding Collaborative (AFC) has leveraged and invested more than $12.5 million to support HIV/AIDS-related services, awareness activities and prevention efforts in Cuyahoga County. The AFC awarded $196,730 in grants at its September meeting. Six organizations will benefit from these funds to support HIV/AIDS-related service provision and prevention programming...

October 15, 2018

Election Day is coming; how will candidates address Ohio’s infant mortality rate?

Ohio’s infant mortality rate of 7.4 infant deaths per 1,000 live births continues to be one of the highest in the nation. The infant mortality rate is an international indicator of population health; high rates denote systemic failures impacting health access in communities. Progress has been made in reducing the rate of white infant mortality,...

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