A (short) history of the race question on the decennial census

One of the most widely discussed topics on the decennial census are the questions on race, Hispanic origin and ancestry. This conversation is not new for 2020. In fact, the way that we classify people by race and ethnicity has changed frequently since the first census in 1790. The 2020 census questionnaire asks people to self-identify with one or more...

More than 200 cases of COVID19 in Cuyahoga County, “We need you to please listen…or we are going to have problems in our hospital capacity.”

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Terry Allan, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Commissioner said that Cuyahoga County and the state are both successfully “flattening the curve.” “We are flattening the curve,” said Allan. “We are extending out cases that we may see over time…we’re...

Cuyahoga County to buy $1 million in PPE, start small business fund

Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish spoke at the Board of Health’s press conference. He announced that the county has established a small business “On the one hand I’m happy to see that people are following the governor’s orders, but I’m also very, very sad and concerned about the future of these businesses….When small businesses die it’s almost impossible to revive...

Benefit changes: Redeterminations, requirements affected by coronavirus

  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the State of Ohio and Cuyahoga County have issued new guidance surrounding the public benefits many Ohioans rely on, including Supplemental Assistance for needy Families (SNAP), Ohio Works First (OWF) and Medicaid. Medicaid recipients can now utilize telehealth services even for first time appointments. Redeterminations are suspended for 180 days, Medicaid benefits will not...

Ohio General Assembly unanimously passes emergency legislation (House Bill 197)

The Ohio Senate and House swiftly gathered and passed emergency coronavirus legislation (HB197) earlier this week. The bill addressed a wide-ranging set of issues that needed attention in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every element of the bill is effective immediately upon the governor’s signing, unlike most pieces of legislation that go into effect 90 days post-signing. Outlined below are...

Giving birth while social distancing changes everything

For pregnant women and those who have recently given birth, the coronavirus pandemic coupled with the realities of social distancing present a lot of unforeseen challenges, concerns and ambiguity in terms of pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. Being pregnant during a pandemic may mean more than just having to cancel your baby shower and your reoccurring lunch dates with your doula,...

Cuyahoga County Board of Health says this is crucial week for the county’s virus fight

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner Terry Allan said at the top of the Wednesday, March 25 media briefing that he had a “very sobering message for you today and we have a theme – we are at a very critical time...

When we’re on the other side…

Today at The City Club of Cleveland’s virtual forum, “State Policy During a Pandemic,” our president and executive director John Corlett suggested that, when we’re on the other side of this public health crisis, we should have “community claps” for health care workers and first-responders. What a great idea. We should have “community claps” for health care workers and first-responders....

Policy recommendations to flatten the coronavirus curve

On March 15, The Center for Community Solutions released a memo outlining steps the State of Ohio and the federal government could take to help flatten the coronavirus curve and to boost Ohio’s economy. Since then, Ohio and the federal government have adopted some of our policy suggestions. This is meant to be a status update of where actions have...