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December 31, 2018

State Senator John Eklund and Senator-elect Nickie Antonio discuss budget, policy at HSAN event

What does the public policy environment look like in 2019? How can advocates make their voices heard during the 133rd General Assembly? Approximately 65 people heard answers to questions like these at 2018’s seventh meeting of the Human Services Advocacy Network (HSAN). The event, was held on December 14, 2018 at the offices of the...

December 24, 2018

Election 2018’s impact on health care and cost discussed at Celebration of Human Services

The Celebration of Human Services’ breakout sessions are unique because during these sessions, expert panelists discuss issues of vital importance to the local health and human services community. This blog post recaps the session titled “Election 2018: Healthcare Coverage & Cost.” The panel was moderated by Dan Cohn, Vice President of Strategy, at Mt. Sinai...

December 17, 2018

Spike in Cuyahoga County foster care numbers and spending focus of HHSA Committee

The number of children in foster care jumped 20 percent in 2018, one of several facts presented during testimony at the December 5 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging Committee. The meeting also featured a multiple contract revisions and extensions, issues that have dominated the past two committee meetings. The first...

December 17, 2018

Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services and Aging Committee approves one-year contract extensions

The November 20 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee was comprehensive due to a number of health and human services contracts that expired at the end of the year and needed to approval for an extension. Part one of this blog focuses on contracts that are not related to...

December 17, 2018

Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee reviews homeless contracts

The Center for Community Solutions wrote two blogs about the November 20 meeting of the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee. This is part two that focuses exclusively on HHSA contracts related to the Office of Homeless Services. Part one focused on other contracts the committee considered. For part one, please click here. Ruth Gillette...

December 10, 2018

A year in review for the Council on Older Persons, a leader on senior issues

The Council on Older Persons (COOP) has been a standing committee of The Center for Community Solutions for more than 70 years. Each year brings new faces, new challenges and new opportunities. This year was no exception. Under the leadership of Chair Catherine Ciha and Vice Chair Stacey O’Brien, COOP continues to be a leading...

November 27, 2018

Education, Adult Guardianship topics of Cuyahoga County meeting

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee met for the first time since July on October 31. The meeting was chaired by Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell, and featured a contract extension for adult guardianship and a PowerPoint presentation from the Cuyahoga County Department of Developmental Disabilities. In an unusual move, the HHSA committee...

November 12, 2018

The intersection of health and transportation

Transportation is a wide-ranging term that can mean many things to many people, but it’s something that can have a profound impact on a person’s overall health. Earlier this month, The Center for Community Solutions examined the role of transportation as a social determinant of health in the context of Medicaid. In this blog post,...

October 29, 2018

Council On Older Persons hosts candidates for Ohio attorney general

The Council On Older Persons (COOP) hosted two roundtables with the nominees for Ohio attorney general a few weeks before the election, one with the Democratic nominee, former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steve Dettelbach, the other with the Republican nominee, Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost. Roundtable with Steve Dettelbach...

October 8, 2018

18 Questions for the 2018 Election: Older Adults

The candidates for statewide office in the State of Ohio are running at a very unique time in the state’s history. Ohio’s population is growing older and that demographic change is something that will be a continuing trend for public policy in all levels of governance. According to research conducted by Scripps Gerontology Center at...