New HIV Prevention Resources Coming to Northeast Ohio

This year, The MetroHealth System, in partnership with the AIDS Funding Collaborative and with support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, is launching a PrEP navigation program. HIV PrEP – pre-exposure prophylaxis – is said to be the “birth control pill” of HIV. It is a single pill regimen of two anti-HIV medications. It was approved in 2012 by the FDA...

Center for Community Solutions Consulting Services: Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities

The Center for Community Solutions provides consulting services to help organizations adjust to the ever-changing environment of health and human services. As the population of Ohio continues to age, communities will need to adapt. Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging approached us last year, seeking help to analyze the current state of older adults in Summit County, their...

Drug Discount Program, Child Abuse Prevention Focus of Presentations at County HHSA Committee

The May 2, 2018 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) committee featured two presentations, one, about a federal prescription drug discount program, the other, about the Great Lakes Regional Prevention Council. The 340B program is used locally to reduce prescription drug prices for medications given to those in the county jails, saving the County money....

Mixed Results on Election Day for Health and Human Services

Most local property tax levies supporting health and social services passed, many with large margins, according to unofficial election results. The general Health and Human Services levy in Cuyahoga County passed with 73 percent of the vote, along with all of the mental health, developmental disabilities, senior services, county home and public health levies. The one municipal levy on Tuesday’s...

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...