Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

By: Patrick Kanary, Human Services Consultant, Former Director, Center for Innovative Practices at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention/Research The evolution of Ohio’s children’s, youth and family system of care continues with the addition of the new Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (COE).[1] The center, located at Case Western Reserve University, will provide technical assistance, training, implementation...

County Executive delivers State of the County address amidst recovery

The 2021 Cuyahoga County State of the County speech was sure to be memorable due to the pandemic and its effect on county residents and the economy. That was indeed the case, as Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish presented the first-ever virtual State of the County address. …the county devoted $20 million towards eviction protection and is looking to spend...

An opportunity for Ohio to knock out child hunger this summer

By: Rachel Cahill, Consultant Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Overview Additional federal resources will be available to Ohio families this summer to cover the rising cost of groceries while school is out. The Center for Community Solutions (Community Solutions) estimates that the Summer Pandemic-EBT program (Summer P-EBT) will provide approximately $400 million in federally-funded food assistance to...

Community Solutions consulting: Where advocacy and strategy meet

For more than 100 years, The Center for Community Solutions (Community Solutions) has served Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Through our research, policy analysis, communications and advocacy, we endeavor to improve social and economic conditions for the community we serve – and there has been tremendous change during this last century of service. Two world wars, two pandemics, the Great Depression...

Mixed results for health and human service levies across the state

Seven of the nine countywide levies supporting health and human services on the ballot in the May 4 election passed. According to unofficial election results from County Boards of Election, most passed with wide margins during primary and special elections. The only two that failed were additional levies seeking new funding. Results are listed below. Children’s Services Allen County: Renewal,...

How midwives help outcomes for women and babies

The United States experiences unprecedentedly high rates of maternal deaths. In a study that compares the United States to 10 other developed countries, women in the United States had the highest ratio of maternal deaths. For example, there were 17.7 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in the United States compared to 1.7 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in...

Inability to miss work contributes to vaccine hesitancy and likely, lower vaccination rates 

By: Kate Warren, kwarren@communitysolutions.com Taneisha Fair, tfair@communitysolutions.com Loren Anthes, lanthes@communitysolutions.com   With about 41 percent of Ohioans having started the COVID-19 vaccine as of May 7, and weekly vaccinations slowing, it remains important to understand what barriers exist for people to get vaccinated. Attitudes and behaviors around the vaccine are complex, and it would be impossible to pinpoint one reason that explains why many people...

Webinar: HSAN: A Conversation with State Representatives Brigid Kelly and Scott Lipps

May 3, 2021 On April 30, Community Solutions hosted a virtual Human Services Advocacy Network event, with State Representatives Brigid Kelly (D-Hyde Park) and Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) on April 30. During this special event, the representatives talked about their public policy priorities, as well as the important issues they think should be on the radars of health and human services advocates....

Midwives can help to address inconsistent access to maternity care and disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes

The United States is one of the most dangerous places to give birth in the industrialized world, as the maternal mortality rate has increased over the last several decades. With that as context, it is important to understand the connection between access to care and overall outcomes. There are significant racial disparities in maternal health outcomes. Overall, Black women die...

Don’t leave money on the table: File your taxes in 2021!

In 2021 it is particularly important that everyone complete a federal income tax return. This is especially true for workers who have seen their income drop, or who earn very little. The IRS is the main vehicle to distribute federal stimulus and economic recovery payments. And the America Recovery Plan Act (ARP) made changes to tax credits including the Earned...