Category: Black History Month

February 14, 2022

CROWN Act 101

You’re excited to interview for this amazing job. You have all the qualifications and required references, but you notice that the interviewer keeps looking at your hair, the hair you painstakingly spent hours on shaping and styling into neat little braids wrapped into a low bun. As the interview progresses, the interviewer mentions more than...

January 31, 2022

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...

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...

February 16, 2021

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....

February 8, 2021

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...

February 10, 2020

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...