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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,...

August 27, 2018

Thirty Percent of Cuyahoga County teens experienced ‘depressive symptoms,’ One in six considered suicide: Youth Behavior Survey provides snapshot

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was developed by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provides a snapshot of student behaviors that impact health. The YRBS covers a wide range of topics, from diet and exercise to personal safety; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; sex and depression. It also assesses protective...

June 11, 2018

982 Ohioans were diagnosed with HIV last year. This number could be zero.

I recently received updated HIV epidemiology (the study of the distribution of disease in a population) from my public health partners at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. The good news is the county’s HIV infection rate in 2016 was down, albeit modestly, for the fourth consecutive year, to 194 new diagnoses. Almost 1,000 new...