The Commission on Infant Mortality

The Commission on Infant Mortality met Wednesday, October 11, for the first time in over a year and a half.  The commission focused on the work that began with the passage of Senate Bill 332, focusing on what has happened since the last meeting (April 28, 2016) and what the state has been doing regarding implementation of the bill. The...

The Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty: The State’s Superintendent Weighs In

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty heard from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria. From the start, Superintendent DeMaria challenged the committee by saying there is “no more important challenge that we must address.” Having set the tone for the remainder of his presentation, the superintendent dug into district, building, and...

Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee: Medicaid Budgeting and the Behavioral Health Redesign

On September 21, the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC) met to discuss the state budget process and the Behavioral Health Redesign and, on September 22, the state convened one of its regional forums on the redesign for providers. These two events can demonstrate how policy is discussed in the context of committee and the practical effects these discussions may have...

Budish Administration Unveils Five-Year HHS Strategic Plan

The first Health, Human Service and Aging (HHSA) Committee meeting in several months took place on September 13, 2017, with a presentation from Tom Pristow, director of the Department of Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services, unveiling the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Service Strategic Plan. The plan is a result of legislation pushed by Cuyahoga County Councilman Dale Miller,...

New ADAMHS Board CEO Testifies to HHSA Committee

The September 20, 2017 meeting of the Cuyahoga Council Health, Human Services and Aging Committee, was attended by all members of the committee and Council President Dan Brady. The meeting featured a presentation by Valeria Harper, the incoming chief executive officer of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board. She was joined by Chief Financial Officer Frank...

The Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty: Work Continues as the Committee Hears from National Expert

On Thursday, September 14, the Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty (STFEP) heard a presentation from Dr. Matt Weyer, early childhood education senior policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).  Dr. Weyer focused his testimony on the effects of poverty on school-age children, opportunity gaps, high-quality pre-kindergarten, and what other states around the nation are doing...

The Big Shift – Did it Happen?

In a previous blog, the CCS Research team identified some trends we would be looking for in the U.S. Census Bureau data released today.  The big day is here – let’s take a look! 3. Has demographic shift arrived? Our population is aging rapidly, thanks to longer lifespans, low fertility rates, and the baby boomers. In 2010, children under age 18...

Census Update: Ohio’s Uninsured Rates Continue to Decline

For our latest research on this topic click here and here   Looking at Census insurance data is a great example of how policy can truly move the needle on issues facing our communities. The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion have allowed hundreds of thousands of Ohioans to access the healthcare they need, and the number of people impacted...

Is Cleveland Shrinking or Growing in Population?

In a previous blog, the CCS Research team identified some trends we would be looking for in the U.S. Census Bureau data released today.  The big day is here – let’s take a look! 4. Did Cleveland stop losing people? Estimates of Cleveland’s population have declined each year since 2010. Meanwhile, community development projects are bringing residents back into the city. ...

Poverty Numbers in Cleveland – It’s Complicated

The research team of the Center for Community Solutions has been waiting all year to see if the improvements in poverty rate in Cleveland would continue. With today’s 2016 data release from the U.S. Census Bureau, the answer is… probably not. There isn’t much we can say for certain about changes in poverty in Cleveland between 2015 and 2016 because...