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December 13, 2021

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,...

December 6, 2021

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...

October 4, 2021

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...

August 16, 2021

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...

July 16, 2021

Ohioans Across the State to Continue Receiving Extra Hunger Assistance, Helping Families and Economic Recovery

By: Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate and Emily Campbell, Associate Director and Williamson Family Fellow for Applied Research While emergency allotments in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) were never meant to be a permanent fixture, their extension through the end of the federal public health emergency will ensure all Ohioans have a...

June 21, 2021

SNAP already employs strong anti-fraud measures to ensure program integrity

By Rachel Cahill, Consultant       Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy | Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow Despite no evidence of widespread fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Ohio or nationally, the Ohio Senate added last-minute provisions to the state budget that would restrict access to the...

May 23, 2021

An opportunity for Ohio to knock out child hunger this summer

By: Rachel Cahill, Consultant Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Overview Additional federal resources will be available to Ohio families this summer to cover the rising cost of groceries while school is out. The Center for Community Solutions (Community Solutions) estimates that the Summer Pandemic-EBT program (Summer P-EBT) will provide approximately $400 million...

May 10, 2021

Inability to miss work contributes to vaccine hesitancy and likely, lower vaccination rates 

By: Kate Warren, kwarren@communitysolutions.com Taneisha Fair, tfair@communitysolutions.com Loren Anthes, lanthes@communitysolutions.com   With about 41 percent of Ohioans having started the COVID-19 vaccine as of May 7, and weekly vaccinations slowing, it remains important to understand what barriers exist for people to get vaccinated. Attitudes and behaviors around the vaccine are complex, and it would be impossible to pinpoint one...

April 29, 2021

OhioRISE

Why OhioRISE? A new managed-care approach, OhioRISE (Ohio Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence),[1] will focus on a population of children and youth with serious behavioral health needs, who are often involved in multiple public youth-serving systems, and their families. Many of these children and young people are often referred to as “multisystem” youth or...

March 22, 2021

Governor’s proposed budget includes restoring Ohio Department of Aging funding, but few new programs 

By: Natasha Takyi-Micah, Public Policy and External Affairs Associate William Tarter, Public Policy and External Affairs Associate Testimony recap State budget season is underway and the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) is one of the many agencies that testified before the Ohio House Finance Committee and the Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services within the last few weeks. One of the line-items the Department of Aging is seeking is an increase...