Bridging the COVID Cliff: preparing for the Public Health Emergency Unwind, watch webinar

The flexibility and expansions that kept many households afloat during the pandemic will end when the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) expires, perhaps as soon as July, causing a COVID Cliff. Families still fighting to gain stability will face the end of enhanced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, the redetermination of the full Medicaid caseload for the first time...

Nominations Open: $25K Nonprofit and Most Treasured Volunteer Awards 

It’s time to celebrate the people and organizations that do great work in our community.    It’s time to celebrate the people and organizations that do great work in our community! Nominations open today for the annual $25,000 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award to a nonprofit organization for outstanding service and the Most Treasured Volunteer Awards.   Who will you nominate?  What organization will...

Barriers to accessing and navigating OhioWIC: user experiences can inform improvements

By: Hope A. Lane-Gavin, Fellow, Health Equity, The Center for Community Solutions Katherine Ungar, Policy Associate, Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio Over the past several months, The Center for Community Solutions and Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio have worked together to evaluate the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program to Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC is a critical program, with a proven track record...

Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Mental Health Pipeline

A temper tantrum over a pair of sunglasses led to the arrest of a six-year-old. That six-year-old child with known medical issues was arrested by the school’s resource officer, placed in zip ties by another officer, put in the back of a police car, taken to a juvenile center for processing fingerprinted, had their mug shot taken, and received a...

Cuyahoga County Council HHSA Committee Approves Salvation Army Contract

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Service, and Aging committee met on March 16 to hear one contract. The contract extension will run until September 30, 2022, for the Salvation Army Pick Up, Assessment Sheltering Service (PASS) Program. The PASS program provides basic temporary housing and rapid rehousing and recovery for up to 75 homeless men according to Marcos Cortes, who...

Student loan payment pause extended again, Department of Education announces a reset plan for students in default

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education announced another extension of the federal student loan payment pause. The payments had been set to restart on May 1, 2022, but the pause has been extended until at least August 31, 2022. The payments were set to restart on May 1, 2022, but the pause has been extended until at least...

Measuring Racial Segregation in Cuyahoga County

Greater Cleveland is one of the most segregated large cities in the United States. A quick look at census data reveals distinct patterns of residency along racial lines. For example, Black people make up 48 percent of people in Cleveland, while white people comprise 71 percent of suburbanites, disproportionate to their shares in the county as a whole. Defining the...

Greater Cleveland Area Organizations Seek to Build Human Capital Through Ohio’s Capital Budget

The Ohio General Assembly will soon take up a state capital budget that will top the $2 billion dollar mark. Several health and human service organizations in Greater Cleveland are making the case for why their organizations should receive some of these funds via a community project designation. In the last state capital budget, 13 health and human service projects...

Public Health Emergency Unwind: Nutrition

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent Public Health Emergency (PHE) it was clear that in order to mitigate the virus’ harm on our public health infrastructure, our economy and life as we knew it, governments, from Congress to City Hall, needed to prioritize strengthening the health and human service safety net. Across party and state lines, programs...