Cuyahoga County at level orange for the second week in a row. 10,689 cases of COVID-19, 465 deaths in Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County held a briefing on August 28, updating residents and the media about the COVID-19 in the county. County Executive Armond Budish opened the briefing with a pre-recorded message about how nearly 3,000 children in Cuyahoga County custody need a welcoming home. Budish asked residents to consider becoming foster parents and stated that the county has resources available to...

Early indications show that overdoses are rising again

Drug overdoses are on the rise again. Local information and data from 2019 tracked by media outlets combined with early 2020 indicators show that overdoses are moving in the wrong direction. This is especially concerning after the state saw a decline, across Ohio, in overdoses in 2018. Data reported by county coroners from around the state shows an increase in...

Survey: How has COVID-19 disrupted your agency?

Click Here to Take the Survey How much disruption is your agency experiencing? Are you serving the same population as before? How has COVID-19 changed the way you deliver services? The Center for Community Solutions wants to know the answers to these and other questions about how you, your agency, and your clients are adapting during the pandemic. Our online...

Minority health matters

There have long been disparities in health outcomes between Ohioans of color and white Ohioans, with yearly widening gaps in infant mortality rates, average life expectancy rates, maternal mortality rates and more. Minority health in Ohio has long suffered from poor social determinants of health due to policy and system inequities. The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting these inequities, as we...

“These masks work, they save lives, they prevent cases of COVID and it’s a best practice.” 10,192 of COVID, 422 deaths in Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County held a briefing on August 21, updating residents and the media about the COVID-19 in the county. In June, Cuyahoga County had a 15.2 percent unemployment rate, which is a drop from the pandemic high of 22.9 percent in April, but still much higher than the same time last year when unemployment was at 4.7 percent.[1]  To help...

Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition is one step closer to making Cleveland lead safe

A local organization is making strides to resolve the lead poisoning issue in Cleveland. The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition, a grassroots organization, talked to Cleveland City Council on August 12. During the committee of the whole and council meeting, Cleveland City Council approved an amendment to an ordinance that will allocate $5 million to the Lead Safe Home Fund. The...

The impact of policing on law enforcement mental health

The American Public Health Association has designated police violence as a public health crisis. It disproportionately impacts Black Americans, but especially unarmed Black Americans. In 2015, Black Americans accounted for 26.5 percent of those people who were killed by police, even though they only make up 13.2 percent of the population.[1] The Journal of the National Medical Association found that...

Is the Status of Women Getting Worse in Ohio? Preliminary Health and Economic Data Shows Reason for Concern

Health and economic circumstances are changing so rapidly due to the COVID-19 pandemic that the data sources we usually rely on to understand community conditions simply can’t keep up. But when we disaggregate new and preliminary data that is available by sex, there is a concerning pattern. Three out of every 5 Ohioans in their twenties who have been hospitalized...