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CROWN Act 101

This post has been updated to reflect changes made to the CROWN Act as of May 2022. Earlier this year for Black History Month, I wrote about the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act. The CROWN ACT is a law that was introduced to prohibit race-based hair discrimination, which is...


The Menthol Movement: How Tobacco Became a Racial Justice Issue

Since the beginning of the opioid epidemic, advocates in our state including Community Solutions have worked tirelessly to ensure substance use disorders (SUD) and the individuals they impact receive the attention and support they deserve to recover. This includes fighting for additional mental health and addiction services funds in the state budget, supporting diversion instead...


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...


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....


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...


Minority students and special education

A flashcard of a plate, something that I learned to call a dish, was what could have placed me in special education. I didn’t have a medically diagnosed physical or intellectual disability, just a difference in dialect. That seemingly small difference could have changed the course of my life. Special education is important for students who...