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June 7, 2021

How the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition is making an impact in the community

The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition (LSCC) conducted its bimonthly convening meeting on May 7 to present the coalition’s progress now that the Lead Safe Ordinance is taking hold. The coalition is comprised of many community stakeholders such as landlords, contractors, pediatricians, parents and teachers. The coalition is moving away from initiating action after children are...

May 10, 2021

How midwives help outcomes for women and babies

The United States experiences unprecedentedly high rates of maternal deaths. In a study that compares the United States to 10 other developed countries, women in the United States had the highest ratio of maternal deaths. For example, there were 17.7 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in the United States compared to 1.7 maternal deaths...

February 22, 2021

The devaluation of oneself: Dealing with imposter syndrome in the Black community

During graduate school, I spent much of my time studying and working both on and off campus. I also participated in meetings hosted by student organizations as I studied public health. One of the meetings that struck me the most was about “imposter syndrome,” which was introduced by a Black-led student organization. That was the...

November 23, 2020

Virtual Budget Training Academy Series Reached Larger Audiences

During the first three weeks of November, the policy team at The Center for Community Solutions presented our virtual Budget Training Academy. The webinar series provided information about the upcoming Ohio state budget and how the public can get involved. The series kicked off on November 6, with a webinar titled Setting the Stage for...

October 28, 2020

Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

On October 6, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced its plans for the Ohio COVID-19 Vaccine Program. Currently ODH has a working framework for the program in which health care experts, provider organizations, and local leaders will offer input and logistical planning. ODH officials are still working on certain sections of the framework such...

October 23, 2020

New Groundwork Ohio report advocates for lead safe child care facilities

On an October 13 webinar, Groundwork Ohio, an early childhood advocacy organization, unveiled its report called Building the Way to a Healthier Future. The report is a tool to advocate for lead safe policies within child care facilities in Ohio across the United States. Lynanne Gutierrez, assistant director and legal counsel for Groundwork Ohio, facilitated...

October 5, 2020

Ohio Department of Health provides update to the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality

The Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality held a meeting on September 16 to discuss changes to home visiting programs due to COVID-19. Led by Senator Stephanie Kunze and Representative Sara Carruthers, the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality focuses on improving the infant mortality rate in Ohio so that more babies will celebrate their first birthdays....

September 22, 2020

Council on Older Persons engaging in social issues during COVID-19

The Council on Older Persons (COOP), an advisory committee of The Center for Community Solutions, held a regular meeting on September 9th. The group, which aims to address the problems and concerns of older adults in Greater Cleveland, discussed a number of topics including state legislation, Cuyahoga County’s upcoming budget and a previous conversation with...

August 25, 2020

Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition is one step closer to making Cleveland lead safe

A local organization is making strides to resolve the lead poisoning issue in Cleveland. The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition, a grassroots organization, talked to Cleveland City Council on August 12. During the committee of the whole and council meeting, Cleveland City Council approved an amendment to an ordinance that will allocate $5 million to the...