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Council On Older Persons has a successful 2023, marks transition in 2024
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Council On Older Persons has a successful 2023, marks transition in 2024

It is said that the only constant thing in life is change. For the Council On Older Persons (COOP), the new year brings several changes to the organization. Before we look to 2024, it is important to reflect on a very successful 2023. COOP is the last remaining advisory group from the predecessors of The...

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April HHSA meetings focused on housing, transportation, medical respite and recovery

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee met on April 5th, 2023, to consider several contracts. The meeting was Chaired by Vice Chairman Martin Sweeney. The first item considered was an award of $10,000 over two years to Enterprise Community Partners. The funds were administered because of the American Rescue Plan Act, from...

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May HHSA contract focused on supporting crime victims and trauma survivors & community health and crime prevention

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee met on May 3, 2023, to consider one contract. The featured contract considered was an award of $20,000 to Brenda Glass Multipurpose Trauma Center from the District 9 ARPA Community Grant Fund. Presenting to the HHSA committee was Candice Williams, Ohio State Director for the Alliance...

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A Conversation with Dr. Roderick Harris, the new Health Commissioner for Cuyahoga County

During the height of the pandemic, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) played a pivotal role in community information, education, and vaccine distribution. At the time, it was led by Terry Allan, who recently retired as the Health Commissioner for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Allan’s successor is Dr. Roderick Harris, who previously...

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Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee Approves Seven Contracts in packed meeting

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee met on January 18th, 2023 to consider seven different contracts to begin the new legislative term. The contracts involved numerous issues of importance to health and human services in Cuyahoga County. Child and Family Services David Merriman, Director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and...

Council On Older Persons maintains advocacy for older adults in 2022 and into 2023
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Council On Older Persons maintains advocacy for older adults in 2022 and into 2023

As the calendar has turned to 2023 and the policy focus shifts to state and county budgets, it is important to reflect on what was a very busy 2022 for The Council On Older Persons (COOP). COOP is the last remaining advisory group from the predecessors to The Center for Community Solutions, the Welfare Federation...

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Cuyahoga County Council HHSA Meeting Passes Two Contracts related to DCFS

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee met on March 8 to discuss two contracts. Both contracts pertained to the Division of Child and Family Services. Both contracts pertained to the Division of Child and Family Services. The first contract was a second one-year extension of a Master Contract with several health and...

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Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee hears three homeless services contracts

In advance of the unveiling of the Cuyahoga County Strategic Action Plan for Homelessness, which took place on March 15, the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee met on Wednesday, February 22 to hear three contracts, all related to the Office of Homeless Services. Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries The first contract was an award...

Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee Address Multiple Contracts
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Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee Address Multiple Contracts

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging committee reconvened on September 21, 2022 after a lengthy recess. Because of the break, the county had to hear and consider several contracts, some of which required lengthy presentations and review. The following is a summary of those presentations. Additionally, several of the funding proposals would be...

The State of Our Institutions: Why We Must Keep Talking About Racism 
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The State of Our Institutions: Why We Must Keep Talking About Racism 

“Why does everything have to be about race?”    “I’m tired of talking about race.”    “I don’t see color.”   “You’re playing the race card.”   Have you heard these phrases? Perhaps you have said these phrases.   Such sentiments, however, are not new.    James Baldwin’s interview with Paul Weiss from 1967 describes institutional outcomes Acclaimed civil rights...