Category: covid-19

June 1, 2021

Federal aid through the American Rescue Plan Act begins to take shape

Throughout the past year, The Center for Community Solutions has written about the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed in March 2020 to aid the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), passed in March 2021, was meant to be a supportive catalyst for America’s...

May 24, 2021

County Executive delivers State of the County address amidst recovery

The 2021 Cuyahoga County State of the County speech was sure to be memorable due to the pandemic and its effect on county residents and the economy. That was indeed the case, as Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish presented the first-ever virtual State of the County address. …the county devoted $20 million towards eviction protection...

May 10, 2021

Inability to miss work contributes to vaccine hesitancy and likely, lower vaccination rates 

By: Kate Warren, kwarren@communitysolutions.com Taneisha Fair, tfair@communitysolutions.com Loren Anthes, lanthes@communitysolutions.com   With about 41 percent of Ohioans having started the COVID-19 vaccine as of May 7, and weekly vaccinations slowing, it remains important to understand what barriers exist for people to get vaccinated. Attitudes and behaviors around the vaccine are complex, and it would be impossible to pinpoint one...

March 15, 2021

Hate has no place in the fight against COVID-19

Last March, before there had been a single case of COVID-19 reported in the State of Ohio there were already disturbing signs that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were being targeted for abuse and hate crimes. At the time I wrote to my colleagues that “as the coronavirus has spread, there have been increased reports...

March 12, 2021

When will I get my stimulus check? And other questions about the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

By: Loren Anthes, Fellow, William C. and Elizabeth M. Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow Emily Campbell, Associate Director, Senior Fellow, Williamson Family Fellow for Applied Research Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021...

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...

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 5, 2021

Ohio to receive an increase in vaccine supply. 62,588 COVID-19 cases, 1,228 deaths

Cuyahoga County held a briefing on February 5, updating residents and the media about the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in the county. We know that access to business is one of the things that’s unequal throughout our community. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish opened the weekly briefing on February 5 with an update...