Cuyahoga County budget passes

Introduction The 2020-2021 Cuyahoga County budget passed at the December 10 meeting of Cuyahoga County Council. At the same meeting, the new health and human service (HHS) levy was also placed on the March 2020 ballot. Going into the new biennium budget, Cuyahoga County faced a number of questions about the state of the health and human services levy fund,...

What Community Solutions Needs to Know

Earlier this year The Center for Community Solutions asked subscribers to our e-newsletter “5 Things You Need To Know” to weigh in our current work, our future direction and our impact. More than 350 people responded and represented a wide variety of constituencies – Community Solutions board and staff, volunteers, policy makers, social service providers, funders, etc. as well as...

Akron Children’s Hospital: Community Health Needs Assessment

Click here to read the full report! The Center for Community Solutions was pleased to work with Akron Children’s Hospital on its fourth Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA took a look at the needs of children living in Ashland, Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. Take a look at the full report, that...

Loren Anthes Appointed as Community Solution’s Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning

It gives me great pleasure to announce that The Center for Community Solutions will appoint Loren Anthes as the new endowed William C. and Elizabeth M. Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning at Community Solutions effective January 1, 2020. The Treuhaft Chair was created in 1985 in honor of William C. and Elizabeth M. Treuhaft. Mr. Treuhaft was a Cleveland industrialist...

Nearly $2 million in contracts approved by Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee heard testimony from four agencies looking for county contract approvals or extensions before the end of the calendar year. The committee meeting on November 20 was chaired by Pernel Jones who is vice president of county council and vice chair of the council’s HHSA committee. Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative serves 6,000...

Report on Ohio’s maternal deaths provides look at contributing factors, makes recommendations for improvement

In mid-November, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) released a long-awaited comprehensive report on maternal mortality in Ohio. The report shows that there were 610 pregnancy-associated deaths, of which 186 were pregnancy-related, in Ohio between 2008 and 2016. The report finds that Black women were two and half times more likely to die of a pregnancy-related death than white women...

Health and human services agencies present budget cases to Cuyahoga County Council

The Cuyahoga County Council convened over several weeks to discuss the 2020-2021 biennial budget. The hearings took place over three days and featured testimony and presentations from county health and human services leaders. In this review, we will cover some of the presentations, as well as the questions that followed from county council. The committee of the whole is chaired...

Fact Sheet on Federal Proposal to Cut SNAP Benefit Levels in Ohio by Reducing the Standard Utility Allowance

By: Rachel Cahill Consultant for Cuyahoga County’s Benefits Access Partnership Background On October 3, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a proposed rule that would impose a standardized methodology for calculating the Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) for SNAP.[1] The SUA plays an important role determining a household’s total shelter expenses, which in turn, significantly impacts their SNAP benefit calculation....

Harm reduction, drug users’ health take center stage at state HIV planning meeting

This month, the HIV, STI & Viral Hepatitis Interventions and Treatment Section of the Ohio Department of Health’s Office of Health Improvement and Wellness held its Combined Community Planning Group (CCPG) meeting. CCPG is a quarterly meeting of health service providers, community members, community-based organizations and other stakeholders who work across the HIV continuum – from HIV prevention, to the...