Meet new 2023 Board members and Board Chair Kyle Miller

Meet new 2023 Board members and Board Chair Kyle Miller

At their final meeting of 2022, The Center for Community Solutions Board of Directors voted to elect Kyle Miller to a two-year term as chair of the board of directors beginning January, 2023. Miller serves as External Affairs Manager for Dominion Energy. In this role, he is the forward-facing representative in communities Dominion Energy serves. He works with local officials,...

A Journey for Racial Equity to reach OUR North Star!

A Journey for Racial Equity to reach OUR North Star!

In 2020, this country had to face itself in the image of a man of authority with his knee on a man’s neck who begged for release in order to breathe and live. The ultimate death of George Floyd became the visual that disrupted the notion that this country was past its racial disparities. Some of us, especially Black people, knew...

Moving Past Declarations: Confronting the Barriers

Moving Past Declarations: Confronting the Barriers

Dr. Camara Jones, past-President of the APHA, identified three steps to move beyond public health declarations into actions that actually address racism. The steps Dr. Jones suggests are to: 1. name racism, 2. identify the mechanisms by which racism operates, and 3. build strategy and take action. Part 1 of this series focuses on the first 2 of 3 steps.   Before...

Village of Healing: Where Black Moms Matter

Village of Health where black moms matter

Upon making the decision to prioritize improving the dire maternal and infant health crisis our state is facing, Community Solutions committed itself to ensuring said efforts are rooted in the lived experience of the families and professionals in our communities. Thus far, these collaborations have come in a myriad of forms, including engaging with practicing midwives across our state before...

The State of Student Debt Relief – Here’s what you should know

The State of Student Debt Relief – Here’s what you should know

Applicants who filled out the Biden Administration’s debt relief application in early October have now begun receiving emails confirming their eligibility status. The intention behind the debt relief plan was to provide aid to offset student debt. Since 1980, the cost of four-year public and private college has tripled, making it harder than ever before for students to become financially...

Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Nicotine, Menthol, and Melanin

nicotine menthol and melanin

Lung Cancer Awareness Month ended in November reminding us how many people are still affected by the disease as it continues to impact marginalized populations, most notably African Americans. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, the death rate of lung cancer for African American men was 55.4 per 100,000 compared to 49.4...

Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee Address Multiple Contracts

Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee Address Multiple Contracts

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging committee reconvened on September 21, 2022 after a lengthy recess. Because of the break, the county had to hear and consider several contracts, some of which required lengthy presentations and review. The following is a summary of those presentations. Additionally, several of the funding proposals would be funded by dollars provided through...

Two more champions creating possibilities for youth in Buckeye –Woodhill

Two more champions creating possibilities for youth in Buckeye –Woodhill

Last week I introduced some startling stats for youth and children in the Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood and two champions caring and serving the neighborhood. Today I introduce two more champions for youth. My Brother My Sister Global/MBMS  My Brother My Sister Global is approaching its 15-year anniversary. Originally founded in Akron-Copley MBMS, it has a mission to promote unity and self-determination....

Gun violence is a public health problem, and so is white supremacy

Gun violence is a public health problem, and so is white supremacy

Gun violence was deemed a public health issue in 2016 by the American Medical Association,[1] and is stated to be the leading cause of premature death, killing roughly 38,000 people a year.[2] Racism has been declared a public health crisis by over 209 jurisdictions since August, 2021 after the killing of George Floyd.[3] If gun violence is a public health...