Dear County Executive: close gaps in the Medicaid application process for Limited English Proficient residents

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022

By: Elaine Tso, Asian Services in Action (ASIA) Dear County Executive, Asian Services in Action (ASIA), supports immigrants and refugees with various resources, including government benefits. We guide immigrants and refugees through the American system to help them apply for eligible programs and benefits that would improve their life in the United States, such as Medicaid. Access to affordable healthcare...

Dear County Executive: Cuyahoga County is the most racially and ethnically diverse in Ohio; how will that impact your leadership?

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022

By: Daniel Ortiz, board member Young Latino Network and Avanzamos Unidos Dear County Executive, The task ahead of you is bigger than any one person. On the campaign trail, you’ve discussed racial equity and inclusion many times and now you are leading a county that is increasingly diverse with many communities looking to your administration for progress. Based on the...

Dear County Executive, how will you address the inequalities and disparities within our community?

By: Crystal Bryant, Esq. Dear County Executive, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has been in existence since 1909. The Cleveland Branch of the NAACP was founded three years later, in 1912. Since then, the NAACP has prided itself on being a champion for civil rights and the advancement of equity and justice. But the work...

Dear County Executive: how will you address our community health outcomes?

By: Brian M. Mercer, MD Dear Cuyahoga County Executive, As you well know, Cuyahoga County is home to some of the nation’s best medical institutions. With such a health care network, the envy of communities across the United States, why do our community’s health outcomes consistently rank among the worst? With such a health care network, the envy of communities...

Dear County Executive: how will you address our housing crisis?

By: Bishop Chui, NEOCH Dear County Executive, I am writing to you at a time when our county is at a crossroads; in one direction is a worsening housing crisis, brought on by historic investment by private equity in residential real estate and huge increases in the cost of housing. In the other direction, a shift in the consciousness of...

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides critical support for birthing people and families

There has been awareness about the 988 National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline since its launch this summer, but little is known about another 24/7 hotline that was implemented beforehand. The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline was launched in May 2022 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The hotline connects pregnant, postpartum people and their families to hotline counselors...

Welcome Angela Maher to Community Solutions!

Please welcome Angela Maher to Community Solutions. Angela joined the Research team as an Associate on September 1st. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Angela worked as the Grants & Data Manager at the West Side Catholic Center, where she regularly used secondary data to demonstrate support for program funding. Prior to her work at West Side Catholic Center, Angela was...

Cleveland Proposes Spending Plan for $102M in ARPA Funds

Cleveland Proposes Spending Plan for $102M in ARPA Funds

Housing, economic recovery, early childhood education, and domestic violence relief were among the top initiatives proposed by the Bibb Administration to Cleveland City Council in a Caucus meeting on August 29. The city now faces some big decisions about how best to deploy these funds. Council President Blaine Griffin emphasized at the beginning of the meeting that Council and the...

Unpacking Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

Unpacking Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

The Biden Administration recently announced that they will cancel $10,000 in federal student loan debt for low-to-middle income borrowers. This unprecedented move places student loan borrowers in a better position to recover from financial hardship introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic. For many individuals, a college education is their ticket to the middle class. Unfortunately, the successful completion of a degree...

Yes, people DO want to work: workforce development in Buckeye-Woodhill

Yes, people DO want to work: workforce development in Buckeye-Woodhill

Ohio’s unemployment rate is at 3.9%, higher than the national average of 3.5%. Not too bad…right? In July, Ohio added approximately 6,900 jobs to the private sector, which sounds like a decent number. Preparing the second of this series, I wondered how those numbers play out for my friends, neighbors and partners of the Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood. How many people have...