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Not So Golden Years: Listening to Ohio’s Hungry Older Adults
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Not So Golden Years: Listening to Ohio’s Hungry Older Adults

By: Sarah Hudacek, Policy Assistant, Advocates for Ohio’s FutureHope A. Lane Gavin, Health Equity Fellow, The Center for Community Solutions Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a myriad of temporary health and human service programming was created to help stabilize families facing unprecedented illness, job loss and closures. Much of this programming was targeted at low-income working...

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Bridging the COVID Cliff: preparing for the Public Health Emergency Unwind, watch webinar

The flexibility and expansions that kept many households afloat during the pandemic will end when the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) expires, perhaps as soon as July, causing a COVID Cliff. Families still fighting to gain stability will face the end of enhanced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, the redetermination of the full Medicaid...

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Barriers to accessing and navigating OhioWIC: user experiences can inform improvements

By: Hope A. Lane-Gavin, Fellow, Health Equity, The Center for Community Solutions Katherine Ungar, Policy Associate, Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio Over the past several months, The Center for Community Solutions and Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio have worked together to evaluate the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program to Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC is a critical program,...

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Ohio Benefits Self-Service Portal Gets Important Upgrade; Ohio Starts to Commit to Human Centered-Design

By:  Rachel Cahill, Visiting Fellow, Public Benefits Jami Turley, Ohio Benefits System User Ohioans have long faced problems using Ohio’s online application and case management system for key work supports, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and Ohio Works First (OWF). In November 2020, Community Solutions published a paper entitled,  Prioritize Customer Needs...

Lessons of Two Years of COVID-19: Impacts of an Offline System for WIC Beneficiaries in Ohio
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Lessons of Two Years of COVID-19: Impacts of an Offline System for WIC Beneficiaries in Ohio

By: Hope A. Lane-Gavin, Fellow, Health Equity, The Center for Community Solutions Katherine Ungar, Policy Associate, Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio In our first blog of this series highlighting our research into the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and how it operates in Ohio, we outlined many of the program’s...

WIC promotes racial equity, reduces infant mortality, and increases use of preventive health care
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WIC promotes racial equity, reduces infant mortality, and increases use of preventive health care

By: Hope A. Lane-Gavin, Fellow, Health Equity, The Center for Community Solutions Katherine Ungar, Policy Associate, Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio With increased national attention and resources directed to the maternal and infant health crisis in our country, that is, women in the United States remaining the most likely to die from complications related to...

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Advocates for Ohio’s Future: A Look Back at 2021

By: Kelsey Bergfeld, Director, Advocates for Ohio’s Future Sarah Hudacek, Policy Assistant, Community Solutions & Advocates for Ohio’s Future Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of over 500 state and local health and human services policy, advocacy and provider organizations that strive to strengthen families and communities through public funding for health,...

equitable maternal health
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Equitable maternal health care remains priority for federal and state governments

By: Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Natasha Takyi-Micah, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Maternal and infant health have continued to be at the top of national and state discourse as governments pursue policy solutions to help combat the ongoing and intensifying crisis. While we are hopeful that strides will be made in...

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Dear Mayor, How Will You Address the Concerns of the City’s Residents?

By: Loren Anthes, Senior Fellow/William C. and Elizabeth M. Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning Alex Dorman, Research Associate Taneisha Fair, Research Assistant/Contract Manager Sheila Lettsome, Executive Assistant Emily Muttillo, Applied Research Fellow As a continuation of our Dear Mayor project, we invited staff who are residents of the City of Cleveland to share their thoughts, concerns and hope...

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Latest Maternal Morbidity Report Reveals Maternal Health Crisis Worsening 

By: Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate and Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy and Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow For the past several years, The Center for Community Solutions has insisted that tracking and releasing maternal morbidity data is key to improving health outcomes for both new mothers and infants. As we have...

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