Ohioans encouraged to use mental health resources at Governor’s press conference

Community Solutions’ recent survey of groups across Ohio indicated that, despite the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), more than 75 percent of respondents are “very concerned” about the well-being or mental health of their clients, compared to 35 percent who are “very concerned” about themselves. “Your mental health is just as important as your physical health,” said Dr. Amy...

The ever-expanding role of the American educator

By: Aaron Muttillo, Ph.D. Director, Day Treatment Centers Positive Education Program An educator’s role will always be multifaceted because of the complex, dynamic nature of a growing child. Most educators now embrace a whole-student approach to teaching, one that places great value on activities that address a child’s social and emotional development. As educators consider all the factors that either impede...

Governor releases new guidelines for COVID-19 testing priorities

During the May 4 daily press conference, Governor Mike DeWine reported that trend lines regarding coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are “not exactly where we would want, but give the idea that we are going in the right direction.” As Ohio businesses begin to reopen and people wonder whether to expect a new surge, he and Ohio Department of Health...

Friday webinar series recap: How counties & case workers are responding to COVID-19

The Center for Community Solutions, in partnership with Advocates for Ohio’s Future, hosted speakers from various family service agencies from across the state in a May 1 webinar. The topic of discussion was the impact COVID-19 has had on some of the state’s largest social programs and services and how those organizations have managed thus far. Speakers from the Ohio...

Racial health inequities are “preventable, they’re avoidable, they’re unjust:” 1,678 COVID-19 cases in Cuyahoga County, 86 deaths

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) commissioner Terry Allan, began his comments on the May 1 briefing by thanking the staff at the county’s donation center where medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) can be donated. He thanked the Cuyahoga County...

Service provision has been disrupted, but agencies are adapting: Results of Community Solutions’ COVID-19 survey

The global COVID-19 pandemic, the Stay-at-Home order and social distancing recommendations adopted to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus have presented unprecedented challenges to service providers. Tens of millions of Americans are suddenly unemployed, children across the state are engaged in remote learning and many people are working from home. Nonprofits and government, like other businesses, have rapidly adapted...

Cuyahoga County Executive announces employee furloughs, hiring freeze and expected budget cuts

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish announced two-week furloughs for county employees, a county-wide hiring freeze and a planned 15 percent budget cut at the May 1 Cuyahoga County Board of Health briefing. Local governments, like Cuyahoga County, that rely on income and...

Giving birth while social distancing changes everything

For pregnant women and those who have recently given birth, the coronavirus pandemic coupled with the realities of social distancing present a lot of unforeseen challenges, concerns and ambiguity in terms of pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. Being pregnant during a pandemic may mean more than just having to cancel your baby shower and your reoccurring lunch dates with your doula,...

The Math of Reopening: Looking into Ohio’s COVID-19 Testing and Mortality Numbers

The United States now leads the world in deaths related to COVID-19, representing one-third of all global daily deaths. While this figure is tragic, many states, including Ohio, aggressively implemented physical distancing policies to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. Now, with Ohio poised to roll-back some of those public health measures, questions remain as to...