Category: Cuyahoga County

February 4, 2019

Eliminating Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality

In December, I authored an infographic report on racial disparities in Cleveland, which served to stoke community dialogue and keep the issue of systemic racism top-of-mind for many in the nonprofit and public sector communities. In the first part of 2019, I will explore some possible solutions to problems that were raised in the infographics....

January 28, 2019

Workforce Training the focus of first HHSA meeting of 2019

The first meeting of the year for the Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) committee took place on January 16. County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell will remain chair of the committee, Councilman Dale Miller and Councilwoman Shontel Brown also are on the committee. Joining the HHSA committee are newly-elected councilwoman Cheryl Stephens, as...

December 31, 2018

John Corlett’s top 10 favorite reports of 2018

The Center for Community Solutions’ offices are closed through January 2, and on the last day of 2018 we want to share our president and executive director, John Corlett’s top 10 Community Solutions’ reports from 2018. The report topics span a variety of health and human services issues, ranging from seniors to teens, infant mortality to Medicaid....

December 17, 2018

Spike in Cuyahoga County foster care numbers and spending focus of HHSA Committee

The number of children in foster care jumped 20 percent in 2018, one of several facts presented during testimony at the December 5 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging Committee. The meeting also featured a multiple contract revisions and extensions, issues that have dominated the past two committee meetings. The first...

December 17, 2018

Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services and Aging Committee approves one-year contract extensions

The November 20 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee was comprehensive due to a number of health and human services contracts that expired at the end of the year and needed to approval for an extension. Part one of this blog focuses on contracts that are not related to...

December 17, 2018

Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee reviews homeless contracts

The Center for Community Solutions wrote two blogs about the November 20 meeting of the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee. This is part two that focuses exclusively on HHSA contracts related to the Office of Homeless Services. Part one focused on other contracts the committee considered. For part one, please click here. Ruth Gillette...

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...