Dear future governor, How will you strengthen the health and human services safety net?

With Tuesday’s midterm election, Ohioans are bracing for the changes new state leadership will bring. In order to better inform Ohioans on some of the policy issues that may be discussed in the future, The Center for Community Solutions has continued its work to provide 18 questions for the 2018 election. A future governor who strongly supports sustainable revenue and...

2018 AIDS Funding Collaborative Grants Announced

Throughout its nearly 19-year history, the AIDS Funding Collaborative (AFC) has leveraged and invested more than $12.5 million to support HIV/AIDS-related services, awareness activities and prevention efforts in Cuyahoga County. The AFC awarded $196,730 in grants at its September meeting. Six organizations will benefit from these funds to support HIV/AIDS-related service provision and prevention programming in Cuyahoga County. Most of...

18 Questions for the 2018 Election: Medicaid

John Kasich’s administration has been marked by some of the most significant and impactful policy changes in Ohio’s Medicaid program during its history. Before the governor took office, there was no Medicaid expansion, Medicaid was under the purview of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the beginnings of the opioid crisis were just taking hold. In the...

Council On Older Persons hosts candidates for Ohio attorney general

The Council On Older Persons (COOP) hosted two roundtables with the nominees for Ohio attorney general a few weeks before the election, one with the Democratic nominee, former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steve Dettelbach, the other with the Republican nominee, Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost. Roundtable with Steve Dettelbach (October 15) Dettelbach opened with...

Election Day is coming; will Ohio’s candidates make adolescent reproductive health a priority?

In Ohio, sex education varies among school districts and is often episodic and inconsistent. Research shows that when sex education is comprehensive (builds on itself, is taught Kindergarten through twelfth-grade), age-appropriate, evidence-based, medically accurate and inclusive (of all genders, sexual orientations, race and ethnicities) it can delay sexual initiation. It can also reduce unintended pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted...

New SNAP exemptions affect Cuyahoga, Lucas counties

By: Loren Anthes, Public Policy Fellow, Medicaid Policy Center Adam White, Policy and Planning Assistant   In a recent report, The Center for Community Solutions presented data that illustrates how rural Appalachian counties, which are predominately made up of white families, disproportionately benefit from Ohio’s waiver of work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”). When looking at...

Election Day is coming; how will candidates address Ohio’s infant mortality rate?

Ohio’s infant mortality rate of 7.4 infant deaths per 1,000 live births continues to be one of the highest in the nation. The infant mortality rate is an international indicator of population health; high rates denote systemic failures impacting health access in communities. Progress has been made in reducing the rate of white infant mortality, yet non-Hispanic black infants in...

Five of Greater Cleveland’s Most Treasured Volunteers to be honored

The Most Treasured Volunteer Awards aim to recognize hard-working people in our community and honor them at our Celebration of Human Services event on October 26. This year, we’re delighted to have five award winners: Mark Cline, Greater Cleveland Volunteers LaCoya Head, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland Kevin Hughley, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Colleen Moran, Hospice of the...