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We cannot achieve racial equity until we are ready to ask people to identify their race

Ohio is becoming more racially diverse. The demographic shift will naturally continue because the younger generation is more likely than previous generations to report being something other than “Non-Hispanic White Alone.” That’s the way the U.S. Census Bureau describes people who are white and nothing else. As we’ve written about in the past, the Census...

Some surprising stats for Hispanic Heritage Month
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Some surprising stats for Hispanic Heritage Month

In 2021, Ohio’s Hispanic and Latinx population reached over a half-million people, joining 21 other states. The number of people of Hispanic heritage has risen steadily over the last decade, growing more than 40 percent since 2010. People of Hispanic Heritage live in every corner of Ohio. According to the latest data available from the...

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More reliable 2021 Census estimates have erased progress on Cleveland children’s poverty

The first reliable data on poverty in Cleveland during the COVID-19 pandemic was released last week. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 1-year estimates show that nearly 105,000 people in the City of Cleveland lived in poverty in 2021. Of those, more than 33,500 are children. At 45.5 percent, Cleveland has the highest child poverty rate...

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022
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Dear County Executive, how will you support mental and behavioral health data collection?

By: Cynthia Connolly Dear County Executive, Native Americans in Cuyahoga County deserve better data collection and reporting on mental and behavioral health needs. Right now, 71 percent of Native Americans live in urban settings. We live in all 88 Ohio counties, and while we count for a small share of the population relative to other...

Focusing on equitable harm reduction will reduce drug overdose deaths, especially as rates among Black Americans is increasing
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Focusing on equitable harm reduction will reduce drug overdose deaths, especially as rates among Black Americans is increasing

Every policy space that we explore has inequities and racism built into it. This country’s approach to people who use drugs and the services and treatment available to them is no different. Even long before the so-called “war on drugs” began, Black and brown Americans who struggled with addiction were treated differently than white Americans.[1]...

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Measuring Racial Segregation in Cuyahoga County

Greater Cleveland is one of the most segregated large cities in the United States. A quick look at census data reveals distinct patterns of residency along racial lines. For example, Black people make up 48 percent of people in Cleveland, while white people comprise 71 percent of suburbanites, disproportionate to their shares in the county...