Why I’m nervous about the census

The census – the constitutionally mandated effort by the government to count each person living on U.S. soil every 10 years- is one of this country’s original grassroots movements. It is a more significant undertaking than any campaign, or any get out the vote effort. Every 10 years, we try to count everyone. The results of that count impact apportionment...

Ohio awarded federal grants to address, study maternal health

By: Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Ohio was recently notified that it will receive two new federal grants to address maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in the state. These grants come from two separate agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Centers for Disease...

Volunteers teach, advocate, protect, empower and keep hope alive

It never fails. Every year, when the winners of the Most Treasured Volunteer Award are introduced, I think “Wow. We are so fortunate to have people like this in our community.” And this year is no different. This year’s honored volunteers include: A single mom who leads dozens of girls on exciting adventures through cheer and community service, teaching life...

Cuyahoga County executive releases new budget recommendations

Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish released his third county budget last week, the 2020-2021 biennium budget. The proposed budget totals more than $1.75 billion[1] in total expenditures. With questions swirling about the future of the Justice Center, fallout from the jail conditions, questions surrounding an aging population, as well as increased demand in services for children, the proposed budget faced...

Ohio families and advocates praise Governor’s MSY funding announcement

As an advocate for children, youth and families for more than 52 years, I am grateful that Ohio’s Governor, House and Senate listened to parents and young people and have taken action to end the awful practice of forced custody relinquishment of multi-system youth. The term ‘multi-system youth’ refers to children and teenagers with complex behavioral, physical and developmental needs...

Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality Focus of ‘Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story’

Last week, First Year Cleveland through their Pregnancy And Infant Loss Initiative (PAIL), debuted a short film that tells the story of infant loss from a black women’s perspective. As the film website explains, the film invites the viewer to “Follow Nina in this day-in-the-life drama, and see the world through the eyes of a successful black woman who must...

Ohio’s single-mom households more likely to live in poverty than single dads, what does this mean for kids?

Being a single parent is hard. Without another adult in the family, responsibilities for caregiving, earning and household management fall on a single set of shoulders. There are more than 377,000 families with children in Ohio that are classified as “female householder, no husband present,” the Census Bureau’s designation for a single mother (or grandmother or foster mother) household. Nearly...

Populations in more Ohio counties flip, now have more older adults than children

The recent release of the 2018 one-year estimates of the American Community Survey is a special day for population data nerds. As we anxiously await for data.census.gov to update the tables with fresh data, we speculate on which communities have grown, shrunk or stayed the same. Here at Community Solutions, we have been keeping an eye on how age demographics...

Who was uninsured in Cuyahoga County in 2018?

In 2018, more than 70,000 Cuyahoga County residents did not have health insurance coverage, making up 5.7 percent of the population. These results come from just-released data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). The county’s uninsured rate was significantly lower than Ohio’s rate (6.5 percent) and the rate in the United States (8.9 percent). In the City of...

Cleveland ranks 1-2-3 in poverty

Among the largest U.S. cities, Cleveland is worst in child poverty, second for working-age adults and third in older-adult poverty, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. Cleveland and Detroit are the only two cities that are in the bottom 10 for all three age groups. Cleveland is worst in child poverty, second for working-age adults...