Access Denied: The impact of Cleveland’s digital divide on students

The library, a friend’s porch, the parking lot of the local McDonald’s, these were some of the places my daughters’ friends went to, so they could login to school at the beginning of the pandemic. And they weren’t alone. In Cuyahoga County, 25 percent of residents don’t have access to the internet or a computer. In Cleveland, 30 percent of...

Fertility and fibroids: The other side of Black reproductive health

During the height of the COVID-19 lockdown last April my biggest concerns were staying home, completing a ‘90s Nickelodeon cartoon puzzle and determining if Joe Exotic’s zoo was still open. Although the future of the virus was uncertain and most days blended together, I enjoyed the opportunity to slow down, be home, take up new hobbies and return to old...

Ohio to receive an increase in vaccine supply. 62,588 COVID-19 cases, 1,228 deaths

Cuyahoga County held a briefing on February 5, updating residents and the media about the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in the county. We know that access to business is one of the things that’s unequal throughout our community. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish opened the weekly briefing on February 5 with an update on how that county is...

eFMAP: How Ohio Found its Way Out of a Budget Hole

In his second executive budget proposal, Governor Mike DeWine faces a much different funding environment than the one he faced in 2019. With an ongoing pandemic and economic recession, federal support has bolstered the state’s budget picture and helped prevent catastrophe. The Federal Medical Assistance Percentage is one of the most effective tools to ensure Ohio doesn’t have to make...

Governor DeWine introduces 2022-23 executive budget

Governor Mike DeWine introduced the second state budget of his term on February 1. DeWine highlighted the ways his administration’s proposal to utilize one-time federal dollars to buoy the economy and support infrastructure will help the state navigate its way out of the pandemic and resulting economic crisis. The budget includes continued support for many major initiatives from DeWine’s first...

Ohio’s Multi-System Youth Coalition

Community Solutions is proud to be a member of the Ohio Multi System Youth Coalition. The Coalition consists of youth, families, providers and stakeholders from across Ohio committed to better outcomes for multi-system youth (MSY) and their families. The Coalition has continually worked on issues related to youth and families since 2016, with the formation of the Joint Legislative Committee (JLC)...

The Audacity to Vote!

This is the second in a series of blogs written by Community Solutions staff members of color in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and Black History Month. Before my mother passed away in 2018, she accomplished something her parents never did. She voted. Like an excited child on the first day of school, she explained every detail...

Return on investment: Medicaid’s impact on kids

INTRODUCTION The biennial budget is perhaps the most comprehensive and consequential policy document in Ohio state government. During the budget process, lawmakers must balance the state’s policy goals against the realities of limited resources and competing needs. With the economic and health impacts of COVID-19, an incoming Biden administration and Democratic majority in Congress, Ohio’s 134th General Assembly will face...