Category: Data

March 30, 2020

If we aren’t all counted, Ohio will have its smallest Congressional delegation in 200 years

The U.S. Constitution requires that the decennial census be used to allocate the number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives each state receives. For the past 50 years, the decennial census and reapportionment has meant a loss of congressional seats for Ohio. For the past 50 years, the decennial census and reapportionment has...

March 30, 2020

A (short) history of the race question on the decennial census

One of the most widely discussed topics on the decennial census are the questions on race, Hispanic origin and ancestry. This conversation is not new for 2020. In fact, the way that we classify people by race and ethnicity has changed frequently since the first census in 1790. The 2020 census questionnaire asks people to...

March 27, 2020

Benefit changes: Redeterminations, requirements affected by coronavirus

  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the State of Ohio and Cuyahoga County have issued new guidance surrounding the public benefits many Ohioans rely on, including Supplemental Assistance for needy Families (SNAP), Ohio Works First (OWF) and Medicaid. Medicaid recipients can now utilize telehealth services even for first time appointments. Redeterminations are suspended for 180...

January 21, 2020

Data shows drop in unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2018

Drug overdose deaths in Ohio declined in 2018 to a three-year low of 3,764. This comes after a year (2017) where the state saw its highest ever number (4,854) of overdose deaths. This updated information was released by the Ohio Department of Health in early December, much later in the year than it has traditionally...

January 13, 2020

Impact SNAP changes will have on Ohio, Medicaid

On January 10, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) submitted a request to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirement waiver. The number of counties in Ohio that would be exempt from the work requirements would drop from 42 to 13 and...

December 30, 2019

John Corlett’s top 10 reports from 2019

Producing a “top 10” list of Community Solutions publications is a dangerous undertaking. There is so much excellent content it’s hard to just pick 10 pieces. In 2019 alone we wrote 90 blog posts, not to mention 21 issue briefs and research papers. Many of them ended up on the front pages of newspapers, in...