Budget cuts in Ohio, which HHS agencies are affected?

Earlier this spring, Governor Mike DeWine announced that the state faces a roughly $775 million shortfall in its budget for fiscal year 2020 – which ends on June 30, 2020. The governor requested each agency look for cuts of up to 20 percent for fiscal year 2020 and fiscal year 2021.[1] Federal funding associated with COVID-19 is flowing into Ohio...

Addressing two epidemics: COVID-19 and racism

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conferences updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday mornings. “Today, I join you with a heavy heart.” Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish opened Friday’s media briefing by addressing the current protests of the death of George Floyd happening in the county and across the country. He sympathized with the community’s pain...

“Transmission continues robustly in our community,” Cuyahoga County has 3,063 cases, 186 deaths

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conferences updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday mornings.  Terry Allen, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) commissioner, began his comments on May 29 by recapping remarks Governor Mike DeWine made about COVID-19 testing in long-term care facilities. He said the Ohio National guard is helping with a statewide plan...

Cuyahoga County Executive promotes county loan buying program, updates about small business loans

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday mornings. The weekly briefing of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health on May 29 began with Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish honoring the dean of the Case Western University Medical School, Dr. Pamela Davis, who is stepping down form the position. Budish thanked...

Considerations about remote services in the COVID-19 pandemic

With social distancing measures in place, many organizations have implemented virtual and remote services to support the health and social needs of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than two-thirds of service providers in Community Solutions’ COVID-19 survey reported shifting their in-person work with clients to phone or video chat. We’ve seen more expansion specifically in telehealth, teletherapy and...

Growing our gratitude during Mental Health Awareness Month

One thing that seems to have increased during the past several weeks is discussion of gratitude. One thing that seems to have increased during the past several weeks is discussion of gratitude. It’s in public service announcements—“Thanks to first-responders”—in advertising—“We appreciate our loyal customers”—in webinars on mental health—“Keep a gratitude journal”—and even in cute messages on Facebook. It was especially...

Ohio’s new Pandemic EBT program will provide groceries for 850,000 Ohio children

Learn more at OhioPEBT.org Highlights On May 12, Ohio received approval to operate the federally-funded Pandemic EBT program 850,000 school-age children will receive a $300 benefit to spend on groceries without needing to apply Regional analysis shows all Ohio areas will see a boost in economic activity from Pandemic EBT New child food insecurity data reinforces the importance of Pandemic...

County to provide wifi hotspots to 1,000, virtual job fair coming in June

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday mornings. During the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) briefing on May 15, County Executive Armond Budish shared that more than 1,400 small businesses applied for the second round of funding from the county’s small business stabilization fund. Budish said that since the...