Plan to end HIV Epidemic: AFC, Community Solutions staff join roundtable discussion in Cincinnati

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) hosted a roundtable in Cincinnati on August 1 featuring the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Robert Redfield. Dr. Redfield is traveling around the country to states and counties that are eligible for new federal funding as part of the president’s recently announced plan to end the domestic HIV...

Preview of the 2020-2021 Cuyahoga County budget

Introduction Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish will soon propose his third budget, the first of his second term. The 2020-2021 budget will prominently influence the future of the relatively young county government. The budget will bring a number of financial challenges. This post will briefly review the county budget process, what budget factors are known and what budget factors will...

Ohio’s integrated HIV plan sees successes, state well positioned to help end HIV

In Ohio, HIV prevention and care for people living with HIV was independent until federal funders – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – required us to think of the services as a continuum and create an ‘integrated’ plan for HIV for Ohio, considered a national best practice. The planning...

Toxic stress linked to risky teen behaviors, poor health outcomes new local data shows

This summer, researchers at the Prevention Research Center at Case Western Reserve University presented 2017 data on toxic stress and adolescents in Cuyahoga County. The source is a new, 15 question index local students answer if their high schools participate in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The YRBS is a surveillance system developed almost 20 years ago to monitor...

Reflections of a Graduate Assistant

For the past eight months, I have been a graduate assistant (GA) with The Center for Community Solutions (Community Solutions). Being a graduate assistant means that I worked at Community Solutions 20-hours a week while also going to school to get my Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University....

The Intersection of Social Work and Social Services Research: The Graduate Assistant Experience

As a master’s of social work student studying clinical social work practice at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), an internship as an applied research graduate assistant with The Center for Community Solutions may seem a little out of the ordinary. However, it proved to be an excellent fit for my academic goals and ultimately, Community Solutions played a major role...