Greater Cleveland American Rescue Plan Coalition Releases Policy Asks

Greater Cleveland American Rescue Plan Coalition Releases Policy Asks

The pandemic emerged as a new public health crisis, but it has also revealed and exacerbated longstanding problems in our community beyond public health. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) offers a chance to both respond to the direct impacts of the pandemic and make system change that positions Greater Cleveland for a true recovery. Since March 2022, the Greater...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aims to achieve health equity for underserved communities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aims to achieve health equity for underserved communities

Health equity is one of the major public health areas of focus for governmental entities and nonprofit organizations across the United States, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to address it as well. They hope to achieve health equity for clients from underserved communities and the providers who serve those areas by applying the CMS Framework...

Housing Burden vs. Home Bliss: a chance for stability in Buckeye-Woodhill

Housing Burden vs. Home Bliss: a chance for stability in Buckeye-Woodhill

Phenomenal ideas have come from our continued community “Charlas” with my neighbors and friends of the Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood. I am excited to be in partnership with you to figure out how we are going to make sure information about policies that affect living will get into your hands. For starters, did you know about the community fact sheets prepared by...

Focusing on equitable harm reduction will reduce drug overdose deaths, especially as rates among Black Americans is increasing

Focusing on equitable harm reduction will reduce drug overdose deaths, especially as rates among Black Americans is increasing

Every policy space that we explore has inequities and racism built into it. This country’s approach to people who use drugs and the services and treatment available to them is no different. Even long before the so-called “war on drugs” began, Black and brown Americans who struggled with addiction were treated differently than white Americans.[1] This was felt acutely after...

ARPA Funding is an Opportunity to Improve OhioWIC

ARPA Funding is an Opportunity to Improve OhioWIC

By: Hope A. Lane-Gavin, Fellow, Health Equity, The Center for Community Solutions Katherine Ungar, Policy Associate, Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 has been at the top of hearts and minds since its passage last year as state and local governments prioritize economic recovery following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. ARPA funds have...

Human Services Advocacy Network explores current state of the Cuyahoga County Diversion Center

On June 28, 2022, the Center for Community Solutions hosted a virtual conversation for the Human Services Advocacy Network (HSAN) titled “The State of the Diversion Center: Past, Present, and Future.” The panel consisted of Megan Testa, M.D., University Hospitals, Brandy Carney, Director of Public Safety and Justice, Cuyahoga County, Mike Randle, Executive Vice President Operations, Oriana House, and Donna...

How to be a more prepared, patient, and joyful voter

The Ohio May Primary opened with a glitch: the ballots wouldn’t scan. It became a problem that made Twitter and local news segments, but wasn’t the only interesting or exciting thing that happened that day. As serious as voting is, it is also a day to celebrate, remember, and feel accomplished. Voting is a serious and important business. It’s how...

Kyle Thompson joins the Policy Team at Community Solutions

Kyle Thompson Policy Assistant Community Solution

Kyle Thompson joins Community Solutions as a Policy Assistant, with experience in policy analysis, community development, advocacy, and diversity education. Based in the Columbus office, he will support statewide policy work and the Greater Cleveland American Rescue Plan Coalition. Kyle will support statewide policy work and the Greater Cleveland American Rescue Plan Coalition. Graduating in May 2022, Kyle earned a...

White House releases Blueprint to Address the Maternal Health Crisis

People who give birth in Ohio and in the United States have worse outcomes compared to other developed nations. This is felt even more acutely by Black and brown people who give birth, for whom the maternal mortality rate is two to three, and in some cases three to four, times that of the maternal mortality rate for white people...