New SNAP exemptions affect Cuyahoga, Lucas counties

By: Loren Anthes, Public Policy Fellow, Medicaid Policy Center Adam White, Policy and Planning Assistant   In a recent report, The Center for Community Solutions presented data that illustrates how rural Appalachian counties, which are predominately made up of white families, disproportionately benefit from Ohio’s waiver of work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”). When looking at...

Election Day is coming; how will candidates address Ohio’s infant mortality rate?

Ohio’s infant mortality rate of 7.4 infant deaths per 1,000 live births continues to be one of the highest in the nation. The infant mortality rate is an international indicator of population health; high rates denote systemic failures impacting health access in communities. Progress has been made in reducing the rate of white infant mortality, yet non-Hispanic black infants in...

Five of Greater Cleveland’s Most Treasured Volunteers to be honored

The Most Treasured Volunteer Awards aim to recognize hard-working people in our community and honor them at our Celebration of Human Services event on October 26. This year, we’re delighted to have five award winners: Mark Cline, Greater Cleveland Volunteers LaCoya Head, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland Kevin Hughley, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Colleen Moran, Hospice of the...

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 Miami University, by 2030, more...

Election Day is coming; what three questions are we asking candidates about behavioral health?

This year, as we head towards Election Day, The Center for Community Solutions is posing 18 questions for the upcoming 2018 election. These questions are based on the research that Community Solutions conducted and compiled over the past several years on our six policy priority areas. We pose three questions for each priority area. We are sharing these questions far...

May Dugan’s Trauma Recovery Center to receive $25,000 prize

One of the things I look forward to every year is working with the committee that selects the winner of the $25,000 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award. Through this project, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about so many incredible programs and organizations that many people don’t know about—even though they operate in our own backyard! This year is no different. After...

Do Differences in Reporting of Live Births Affect Comparability of Infant Mortality Rates?

Infant mortality is used as an indicator of child and maternal health, and also an indicator of the quality of the health of a community’s residents. The infant mortality rate is calculated using two components: deaths within the first year of life, compared to the number of live births. Fetal deaths, sometimes referred to as stillbirths, miscarriage, or fetal demise,...

Payment, access two focal points of Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee

The Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC) convened on September 20 to once again discuss the Behavioral Health Redesign. JMOC saw Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) Director Barbara Sears testify alongside ODM staff and representatives from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) and the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers (Ohio Council). While the conversation...

New Census data shows what happened to income, poverty and the uninsured rate

Newly released reports from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) show that median household income increased in the United States between 2016 and 2017, and the poverty rate declined in the same period. The percent of Americans without health insurance did not change significantly between 2016 and 2017. Median household income nationally in 2017 was $61,372, which reflects an...