A new tool to promote safe birth spacing in Ohio

By Guest Authors: Melissa Federman, Lisa Amlung Holloway and Lauren Sogor Maternal and child health outcomes improve when pregnancies are spaced at least 18 months from the previous birth. Ohio is behind the national average with safe birth spacing with 63 percent of births safely spaced, compared to 67 percent nationally. Too few health care professionals feel comfortable and prepared...

Diaper need is an unspoken reality for many families

Which of the following programs provides diapers to low-income families in Ohio? Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Women Infant and Children (WIC) Help Me Grow Early Head Start None of the Above Unfortunately, the correct answer is 5. None of the Above. The only program families in Ohio can use to access diapers is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)...

Drumroll, please: Who will receive the $25,000 Anisfield-Wolf award?

Sign Up To Join Us At the Webinar Event! During the past several months, many nonprofit organizations ramped up their services, directly or indirectly due to COVID-19’s impact on our community. Some created new services, others helped soaring numbers of people through the services they already provide. Some did both. Some struggled just to survive. How do they get recognized?...

HHSA Committee approves contracts, hears about effect of pandemic on homeless

The Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging committee reconvened for the first time since July due to a planned Council break. The meeting focused on four contracts presented for consideration. The first was an extension of a contract with Case Western Reserve University for the First Year Cleveland Initiative. The contract duration was from December 31, 2019 to...

Ohio Department of Health provides update to the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality

The Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality held a meeting on September 16 to discuss changes to home visiting programs due to COVID-19. Led by Senator Stephanie Kunze and Representative Sara Carruthers, the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality focuses on improving the infant mortality rate in Ohio so that more babies will celebrate their first birthdays. Guest speakers presented information on...

Ohio is again the focus of federal maternal health funding

Around this time last year, Community Solutions reported on federal grants that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded to Ohio to address and study maternal health. This week, HHS once again announced funding, $360 million, administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for programs that support maternal and child health outcomes. Since 2010, HRSA...

Ohio kinship care during the pandemic

As my children returned to their virtual classrooms, we often work alongside each other. And while headphones have become a necessity for all of us, sometimes we take them off so I can hear instructions from the teacher. One thing I appreciate from my children’s teachers is the recognition of all types of families and living situations. I hear this...