18 Questions for the 2018 Election: Older Adults

The candidates for statewide office in the State of Ohio are running at a very unique time in the state’s history. Ohio’s population is growing older and that demographic change is something that will be a continuing trend for public policy in all levels of governance. According to research conducted by Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University, by 2030, more...

Election Day is coming; what three questions are we asking candidates about behavioral health?

This year, as we head towards Election Day, The Center for Community Solutions is posing 18 questions for the upcoming 2018 election. These questions are based on the research that Community Solutions conducted and compiled over the past several years on our six policy priority areas. We pose three questions for each priority area. We are sharing these questions far...

May Dugan’s Trauma Recovery Center to receive $25,000 prize

One of the things I look forward to every year is working with the committee that selects the winner of the $25,000 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award. Through this project, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about so many incredible programs and organizations that many people don’t know about—even though they operate in our own backyard! This year is no different. After...

Do Differences in Reporting of Live Births Affect Comparability of Infant Mortality Rates?

Infant mortality is used as an indicator of child and maternal health, and also an indicator of the quality of the health of a community’s residents. The infant mortality rate is calculated using two components: deaths within the first year of life, compared to the number of live births. Fetal deaths, sometimes referred to as stillbirths, miscarriage, or fetal demise,...

Payment, access two focal points of Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee

The Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC) convened on September 20 to once again discuss the Behavioral Health Redesign. JMOC saw Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) Director Barbara Sears testify alongside ODM staff and representatives from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) and the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers (Ohio Council). While the conversation...

New Census data shows what happened to income, poverty and the uninsured rate

Newly released reports from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) show that median household income increased in the United States between 2016 and 2017, and the poverty rate declined in the same period. The percent of Americans without health insurance did not change significantly between 2016 and 2017. Median household income nationally in 2017 was $61,372, which reflects an...

Census numbers: Child poverty persists in many parts of Ohio

      Out of all age groups, children are the most likely to live in poverty. Research shows that children who live in poverty during their childhood- especially those who live in persistent poverty- are likely to struggle with poor educational, economic and health outcomes well into adulthood. With the release of the new 2017, 1-Year American Community Survey...

Cleveland is dead last in child poverty

Cleveland’s child poverty rate is the worst of any large U.S. city, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey 1-year estimates show that 48.7 percent of children under age 18 in Cleveland lived in poverty in 2017. That’s the highest child poverty rate of any city with a population of more than  250,000. Ohio...

New Census data offers insight on how work requirements may affect low-income Ohioans’ access to food assistance

Each year, the release of new census data from the year before offers a chance to learn the latest changes in population shifts, poverty rates, insurance coverage and other important indicators within our communities. Data and policy wonks are often quick to point to certain policy decisions and social trends that drive the outcomes shown in the new data. With...