Community Engagement is Critical for Success as Ohio and its Counties Modernize Work Support Programs

May 7, 2018 INTRODUCTION Ohio’s County Departments of Job and Family Services are in the midst of significant changes to the way they administer public assistance programs – including food, cash and medical assistance. These programs are designed to help low-income families get back on their feet. In each of Ohio’s 88 counties, new technology and business processes are being...

Why Aren’t More Older Adults Using SNAP?

May 7, 2018 Over the past year, my colleagues and I have released several research pieces related to food insecurity– most recently, Loren Anthes’ report, Hungry for Policy: Searching for Solutions to Food Insecurity in Ohio Medicaid. The links between food insecurity and poor health outcomes are well-documented, and older adults are particularly vulnerable to the effects of food insecurity,...

“Catastrophic” impact if Cuyahoga County levy doesn’t pass, 16 other Ohio communities to vote on Human Services levies

On May 8, 2018, in addition to hotly contested primaries for governor, voters in several communities across Ohio will have the opportunity to approve local property tax levies to support health and human services. Below this article a comprehensive list of these levies, which we complied from all 88 counties’ Boards of Elections. There are 16 counties and one municipality...

Putting the “Mother” Back into Maternal and Infant Health

April 30, 2018 In the United States, women are dying from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth at a higher rate than other industrialized nations, and the rate is increasing. Understanding this issue is complex; even just understanding the terminology describing deaths and complications related to pregnancy and childbirth is quite an undertaking. It’s important to understand it though, so...

Hungry for Policy: A Deeper Dive on Older Adults

The Center for Community Solutions Public Policy Fellow Loren Anthes recently authored an issue brief on the relationship between food insecurity and Medicaid. One of the key takeaways from the brief is that “as a social determinant of health, food insecurity increases cost and diminishes outcomes in health care.” With a high number of older adults in the Aged, Blind...

What are the ingredients in older adult services funding pie?

Earlier this year, I wrote an Issue Brief about senior levies in the state of Ohio that examined the available funding in the state for older adult programming and services. As I have met with various groups and individuals to discuss the findings of the paper, I am often asked how the federal and state funds are baked into the...

Medicaid Work Requirement Waiver to be Submitted to Federal Government by End of April, ODM Director Informs JMOC

At the April meeting of the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC), the Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), Barbara Sears, notified committee members that her department intends to submit Ohio’s request for federal waiver authority to implement work requirements for the Medicaid expansion population by the end of this month. The Center for Community Solutions was one of...