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May 3, 2021

Midwives can help to address inconsistent access to maternity care and disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes

The United States is one of the most dangerous places to give birth in the industrialized world, as the maternal mortality rate has increased over the last several decades. With that as context, it is important to understand the connection between access to care and overall outcomes. There are significant racial disparities in maternal health...

April 12, 2021

Disparities in maternal deaths persist, what role can midwives play in reducing deaths and disparities?

For the last several years, The Center for Community Solutions has focused much of our research and advocacy on understanding and reducing the maternal mortality and morbidity rates for Ohio’s women. Despite bringing more attention to the issue of maternal mortality over the last several years, the United States remains one of the most dangerous...

February 2, 2021

Governor DeWine introduces 2022-23 executive budget

Governor Mike DeWine introduced the second state budget of his term on February 1. DeWine highlighted the ways his administration’s proposal to utilize one-time federal dollars to buoy the economy and support infrastructure will help the state navigate its way out of the pandemic and resulting economic crisis. The budget includes continued support for many...

January 25, 2021

Ohio’s budget process for 2021

It’s an odd-numbered year in Ohio and that means we will soon see a state budget proposed by Governor Mike DeWine. Every two years, the governor releases budget recommendations and the General Assembly takes the first half of the year to consider the proposal and develop its own versions of a budget for the state. By...

December 21, 2020

Community Solutions invited to join Ohio Council to Advance Maternal Health

This fall, Community Solutions was invited to join the Ohio Council to Advance Maternal Health (OH-CAMH). Housed at the Ohio Department of Health, OH-CAMH began its work in 2020 in response to funding from the federal government to address the maternal health crisis facing women across the state and country. Community Solutions is proud to...

August 31, 2020

Early indications show that overdoses are rising again

Drug overdoses are on the rise again. Local information and data from 2019 tracked by media outlets combined with early 2020 indicators show that overdoses are moving in the wrong direction. This is especially concerning after the state saw a decline, across Ohio, in overdoses in 2018. Data reported by county coroners from around the...

July 27, 2020

Ohio’s budget director lays out state agency guidance ahead of budget development

On July 20, the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) released guidance for state agencies, boards and commissions to develop their budgets for fiscal years (FY) 2022 and 2023. Developing the state budget isn’t just about funding, it also outlines policy priorities, something that is going to be particularly crucial to watch this cycle...