Previous Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award Winners

The Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award is one of two awards established in 1964 by the late Edith Anisfield-Wolf – poet, philanthropist, and civic leader. Known by those closest to her as a quiet and reserved woman, Edith was ahead of her time in her thinking on social issues. She left her mark on Cleveland and its institutions with her main focus being...

OhioRISE

Why OhioRISE? A new managed-care approach, OhioRISE (Ohio Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence),[1] will focus on a population of children and youth with serious behavioral health needs, who are often involved in multiple public youth-serving systems, and their families. Many of these children and young people are often referred to as “multisystem” youth or MSY. OhioRISE is designed to...

How are midwives regulated in Ohio?

Currently, only Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are the only legally-enabled professional midwife type who can practice in Ohio. As established in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 4723.41, there are several requirements for CNMs, including licensure as an advanced practice nurse and an application to practice in the specialty and pay a license fee.[1] Also, as a provider designated in Ohio’s...

Webinar: Virtual Medicaid Institute

On Friday, April 23, Community Solutions hosted the Virtual Medicaid Institute. With increasing focus on social determinants of health and a Medicaid managed care procurement in Ohio, new tools are emerging to better coordinate care and address non-medical issues. At the same time, there are many community-based organizations that have been doing this work for years and are trying to...

Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee passes two contracts, hears update on vaccine rollout 

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee met to consider two contracts, one related to transportation and the other for homeless services at its March 31 meeting. The first contract was awarded to AmeriCab, in an amount not-to-exceed $8 million for non-emergency transportation services for Medicaid-eligible individuals. The contract began on March 1, 2020 and will conclude...

Handful of health and social services levies on May ballot

Some voters scattered in communities across Ohio will have the opportunity to approve additional investments in services for children, seniors, and people with developmental disabilities in special or primary elections on May 4. There are county-wide levy requests supporting health and human services on the ballot in seven Ohio counties, listed below. Children’s Services Allen County: Renewal, 0.5-mill, five years...

Public transit funding, cut in initial DeWine proposal, restored by General Assembly

The State of Ohio’s transportation budget for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 is now complete. Transportation is a vital part of the social determinants of health, as it plays a critical role in access to jobs, health care, and allows for independent living and mobility. As the state ages, transportation will become an increasingly important part of community-planning conversations. In...

What is a midwife?

For the past several years, Community Solutions has raised awareness of poor maternal and infant health outcomes by advocating for policy changes that would increase the availability of data; eliminate racism, discrimination and prejudice in the health care system; and to increase insurance access for low-income mothers. Recently, however, we have identified that for favorable birth outcomes, women need more...

Big step forward for Ohio Medicaid, but more to come

On April 9, Ohio Department of Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran made a long-awaited announcement; revealing the names of the Medicaid managed-care insurance companies that would get to share in a 20 billion dollar, five-year contract (the State of Ohio’s largest contract ever) to provide health care services for 3 million Ohioans. Director Corcoran said repeatedly that she wanted to “focus on...

Disparities in maternal deaths persist, what role can midwives play in reducing deaths and disparities?

For the last several years, The Center for Community Solutions has focused much of our research and advocacy on understanding and reducing the maternal mortality and morbidity rates for Ohio’s women. Despite bringing more attention to the issue of maternal mortality over the last several years, the United States remains one of the most dangerous places to give birth, especially...