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Community stakeholders offer updates on Cleveland’s lead crisis
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Community stakeholders offer updates on Cleveland’s lead crisis

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week was October 22-28, 2023, where many individuals and organizations across the US held various events to increase awareness about lead poisoning prevention in order to decrease childhood exposure to lead. Organizations in Cleveland participated in this weeklong campaign, including the Lead Screening and Testing Commission, which held its quarterly meeting...

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Redistricting and representation in rural, white Ohio 

Key Findings  Ohio recently completed a two-year process to create new Senate and House district maps  The majority of new districts are comprised of mostly census-designated rural regions   73 percent of senate districts and 63 percent of House districts are majority rural  Rural regions comprise about 90 percent of the Ohio’s land, yet only...

Ohio cities are getting more diverse; rural areas are not
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Ohio cities are getting more diverse; rural areas are not

When you have a good idea, own it. When you borrow a good idea, give credit! Credit for this next good idea came from a caller on a radio show a few weeks ago. I was driving through the beautiful hills of Southeastern Ohio listening to an interview with Dr. William Frey, a researcher at...

Cleveland is again the second poorest city, but there is some good news on race and gender
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Cleveland is again the second poorest city, but there is some good news on race and gender

Community Solutions’ early analysis of the 2022 data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week was mixed. Most of the good news came on Tuesday with the release of the Current Population Survey. This source includes statistics on poverty for states and the country as a whole, including both the Official Poverty Measure (OPM)...

New report finds more than 70 percent of pregnancy-related deaths were preventable
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New report finds more than 70 percent of pregnancy-related deaths were preventable

Last week the Ohio Department of Health released the latest report on maternal mortality in Ohio, A Report on Pregnancy-Related Deaths in Ohio 2017-2018. There is a lot to unpack in the report and we’ll spend more time with the details in the coming weeks. However, we identified some key data points that should be...

Record Low Unemployment Statistics Leave Out Millions of Ohioans
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Record Low Unemployment Statistics Leave Out Millions of Ohioans

Ohio’s unemployment rate of 3.3 percent in July 2023 was one of the lowest on record, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet this number tells only part of the story. Many Ohioans have removed themselves from the labor force completely and no longer count in official unemployment statistics. Many Ohioans have removed themselves...

Community Based Policing Approach to Bias Backed by Lakewood Community Health Needs Assessment Results
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Community Based Policing Approach to Bias Backed by Lakewood Community Health Needs Assessment Results

By John R. Corlett, President and Executive Director Alex Dorman, Research Fellow City of Lakewood Mayor Megan George announced in May that Lakewood would be implementing the Safe Place Initiative. It’s a community-based approach to safety and policing developed first by the Seattle Police Department in 2015 that seeks to assist victims of hate crimes,...

Sandwich Caregivers: Holding it All Together
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Sandwich Caregivers: Holding it All Together

Bathing and grooming, managing medications, toileting assistance and wound care may pop to mind when you hear the term “caregiver.” These activities are very much under the umbrella of caregiving, and so are dropping off groceries once a month, mowing someone’s lawn, or giving a ride to a doctor’s appointment. 12 of Ohio’s 88 counties...

Bots and Benefits: How is AI impacting Ohio public benefits programs?
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Bots and Benefits: How is AI impacting Ohio public benefits programs?

In a previous blog exploring AI, we talked about the usage of AI tools in behavioral health, as well as funding in the state budget for digital therapeutics. While AI has significant application in performing serious tasks such as mental health treatment, there are also basic uses of AI that function on a lower level....