Tracking data on maternal mortality and morbidity should be a priority in Ohio

The Center for Community Solutions and other Ohio advocates have called for the prioritization of maternal health, at a level parallel to the focus on infant health in Ohio. Maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity (described as ‘near misses’) have increased nationally and due to delays in data collection and dissemination in Ohio it has been challenging to track, understand...

Transportation budget gains bi-partisan approval, Governor’s signature

By Sam Sobul, Public Policy and External Affairs Intern William Tarter Jr., Public Policy and External Affairs Associate House Bill 62, otherwise known as the 2020-2021 transportation budget was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine on Wednesday, April 3. With DeWine’s signature on the legislation, which featured no line-item vetoes, the process came to an end. Technically, the deadline for...

Where is the Justice? Addressing Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System

This is the third blog in a series responding to the infographic report on racial disparities in Cleveland that I authored in December. You can go back and read the first blog on infant mortality and the second blog on racial disparities in childhood. It would be impossible (and irresponsible) to write anything about the criminal justice system without also...

County HHSA Committee hears update on JFS call center, and approves contracts worth more than $12 million

The March 20 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging committee featured a presentation from the Director of Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services about the county’s phone system for determining assistance program eligibility, and testimony about multiple contracts for child support and the Board of Developmental Disabilities. Kevin Gowan, the new JFS director, shared a PowerPoint...

Maternal health in Ohio listening session hosted by Minority Leader Emilia Sykes

By Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Melissa Federman, Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning In January, Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) hosted a listening session specific to maternal health in Ohio. Sykes was joined by 14 House Democrats – all women – and State Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard). Both Sykes and Kunze have recently been named inaugural National Conference of...

Medicaid Director highlights “realistic” budget approach, including no new rate increases

During her first testimony as the Medicaid Director before the Ohio House Finance Committee, Maureen Corcoran stated that the amount allocated to Medicaid in the executive budget met the target growth rate of 3.3% put forth by the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC). Later in the day, at our first Medicaid Institute of the year, the director highlighted the fact...

Governor’s budget makes effort to address high infant mortality rate, more work needed on Ohio’s maternal mortality rate

Ohio continues to grapple with an unacceptably high rate of infant mortality, especially among black babies born in the state. Governor Mike DeWine’s budget for 2020-2021 seeks to address this issue through increased funding for home visiting and the continuation of efforts employed over the last few years. Let’s take some time to dig in to these newer initiatives, at...

Transportation budget passes Ohio Senate

By: Sam Sobul, Public Policy and External Affairs Intern William Tarter Jr., Public Policy and External Affairs Associate What Happened The substitute transportation budget introduced by the Ohio Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee was amended Thursday and passed out of the committee on a 6-5 vote. It was approved by the Ohio Senate 24-6. The Senate version of the transportation...