Category: Cuyahoga County

December 10, 2018

A year in review for the Council on Older Persons, a leader on senior issues

The Council on Older Persons (COOP) has been a standing committee of The Center for Community Solutions for more than 70 years. Each year brings new faces, new challenges and new opportunities. This year was no exception. Under the leadership of Chair Catherine Ciha and Vice Chair Stacey O’Brien, COOP continues to be a leading...

November 27, 2018

Education, Adult Guardianship topics of Cuyahoga County meeting

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee met for the first time since July on October 31. The meeting was chaired by Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell, and featured a contract extension for adult guardianship and a PowerPoint presentation from the Cuyahoga County Department of Developmental Disabilities. In an unusual move, the HHSA committee...

October 22, 2018

Election Day is coming; will Ohio’s candidates make adolescent reproductive health a priority?

In Ohio, sex education varies among school districts and is often episodic and inconsistent. Research shows that when sex education is comprehensive (builds on itself, is taught Kindergarten through twelfth-grade), age-appropriate, evidence-based, medically accurate and inclusive (of all genders, sexual orientations, race and ethnicities) it can delay sexual initiation. It can also reduce unintended pregnancy,...

October 15, 2018

Five of Greater Cleveland’s Most Treasured Volunteers to be honored

The Most Treasured Volunteer Awards aim to recognize hard-working people in our community and honor them at our Celebration of Human Services event on October 26. This year, we’re delighted to have five award winners: Mark Cline, Greater Cleveland Volunteers LaCoya Head, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland Kevin Hughley, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities...

August 20, 2018

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services Demonstrates Transparency and Commitment to Improving Customer Service at Community Forums

By Rachel Cahill, Community Solutions Consultant Emily Muttillo, Research Fellow Beginning on August 28, the Cuyahoga Job and Family Services (“Cuyahoga JFS”) will participate in a statewide overhaul of the systems used to apply, determine eligibility and manage caseloads for food and cash assistance (SNAP and OWF). In May, Rachel Cahill outlined the upcoming conversion from...

August 6, 2018

Transportation for Medicaid eligible residents major topic of discussion at Cuyahoga County HHSA committee meeting

The July 18 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging committee heard presentations related to two important public policy areas, transportation and early childhood. The first testimony was from Sheronda Isler-Hunter, Non-Emergency Transportation Coordinator for the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services. Isler-Hunter requested approval of an $8 million contract...

June 25, 2018

County Council Introduced to Blockchain, potential impact on Health and Human Services

The June 6 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Service and Aging Committee featured two presentations. There were no pieces of legislation considered at this meeting. The first presentation was about electricity programs for low income residents, the second was about blockchain technology. Blockchain is a method by which transactions take place and are...

June 25, 2018

County Council Committee learns about Electricity Programs for Low-Income Residents

The June 6 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Service and Aging Committee featured two presentations. There were no pieces of legislation considered at this meeting. The first presentation was from David Turner who represents First Energy. Turner presented on a series of income-based programs that are available to county residents who qualify to...

June 11, 2018

982 Ohioans were diagnosed with HIV last year. This number could be zero.

I recently received updated HIV epidemiology (the study of the distribution of disease in a population) from my public health partners at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. The good news is the county’s HIV infection rate in 2016 was down, albeit modestly, for the fourth consecutive year, to 194 new diagnoses. Almost 1,000 new...