Category: Blog

March 8, 2021

Budget priority: Improving safety-net services 

By: Loren Anthes, Chair of Health Planning Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy Hope A. Lane, Public Policy Associate   Ensure that safety-net services are as responsive as possible to the needs of Ohio families – something that is essential in the midst of the current public health and economic crises. This would include supporting policies...

March 8, 2021

Ohio should plan to delay redistricting process to ensure the best result: fair districts based on accurate data

It was recently announced that Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is suing the U.S. Census Bureau over the delay in delivering 2020 Census data, which will be used in the state’s redistricting process. While frustration over the delays is understandable, the state should consider pursing other avenues to ensure the data used in redistricting is...

March 8, 2021

The COVID recession: A tale of two recoveries

What do the letters W, U, V, Z and L have in common? They are all ways to describe the shape of an economic recovery based on trends of the gross domestic product (GDP). A recession is usually defined by two quarters in a row of negative GDP growth. A new letter has been introduced...

March 4, 2021

Webinar: SNAP College Student Eligibility

On Thursday, March 4 Community Solutions hosted a webinar about college students accessing food assistance benefits. Up until now, many college students have been barred from accessing SNAP (food assistance) benefits. However, due to the pandemic, the USDA is allowing new flexibilities so low-income “traditional” students can temporarily qualify for benefits. Check out the recording...

March 1, 2021

State budget committee process

There is often fanfare when the governor introduces the executive budget, but it is the legislative body that ultimately determines what policy becomes law. And while we’ve written about how Ohio’s biennial budget process works, a deeper dive into committees’ role may help advocates and analysts understand how that policy is deliberated and formed. By...

March 1, 2021

Effective and efficient testimony 101

Whether the biennial state budget is being heard in a finance committee or legislators are debating what Ohio’s state cookie should be, speaking at (or testifying) a public hearing is one of the most effective ways to engage with lawmakers who depend on constituent and advocate input for policy decision making. While the COVID-19 pandemic...

February 25, 2021

Federally Qualified Health Centers key to racial equity in COVID-19 vaccine access

By: Kate Warren, Loren Anthes More than 1.4 million Ohioans have now received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine distribution was sure to be challenging from the very beginning, with demand far exceeding supply, a history of underfunding in Ohio’s public health system and states being able to decide where and...

February 22, 2021

The devaluation of oneself: dealing with imposter syndrome in the Black community

During graduate school, I spent much of my time studying and working both on and off campus. I also participated in meetings hosted by student organizations as I studied public health. One of the meetings that struck me the most was about “imposter syndrome,” which was introduced by a Black-led student organization. That was the...