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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Understanding the value and purpose of 988  

CONTENT WARNING, contains references to suicide and mental health crisis  If you or anyone you know is dealing with a mental health crisis, dial 988 immediately. There is hope.  The month of September is designated as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This month opens the door for behavioral health agencies and nonprofits to educate on the...

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022
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Dear County Executive: how will you sustain services for older adults?

By: Rachelle Millner, West Side Community House & Karnese McKenzie, St. Martin de Porres Center Dear County Executive: We are the co-chairs of the Council of Neighborhood Leaders, a collective of local neighborhood centers that collectively assist thousands of families in Cuyahoga County. One of our most delicate populations we serve includes seniors; our elders...

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022
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Dear County Executive: our public benefits recipients need strong advocates. Will you be one?

By Tiffany Scruggs Dear County Executive, I have had the privilege of serving individuals in Cuyahoga County for 20 years! I have seen first-hand the critical health support offered to Medicaid recipients. While the program was created to support income-eligible residents, the process to successfully receive and maintain these critical supports presents its challenges. At...

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...

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022
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Dear County Executive: how will you address our community health outcomes?

By: Brian M. Mercer, MD Dear Cuyahoga County Executive, As you well know, Cuyahoga County is home to some of the nation’s best medical institutions. With such a health care network, the envy of communities across the United States, why do our community’s health outcomes consistently rank among the worst? With such a health care...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aims to achieve health equity for underserved communities
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aims to achieve health equity for underserved communities

Health equity is one of the major public health areas of focus for governmental entities and nonprofit organizations across the United States, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to address it as well. They hope to achieve health equity for clients from underserved communities and the providers who serve those areas...

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]...

Infant Mortality, Domestic Violence, Housing, Workforce, Parks, and More Being Considered by Cleveland City Council for ARPA Funds
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Infant Mortality, Domestic Violence, Housing, Workforce, Parks, and More Being Considered by Cleveland City Council for ARPA Funds

On Monday, June 27, Cleveland City Council met for a Caucus Meeting that lasted about three and a half hours to discuss two agenda items related to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that are in the city’s coffers. Because the meeting was a Caucus Meeting, no legislation was formally introduced; rather, the meeting...

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The Role of Care Management Entities in OhioRISE

deBy: Patrick Kanary, Consultant OhioRISE[1] (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) is Ohio’s new Medicaid Managed Care behavioral health program for children and youth with serious and complex behavioral health needs, and their families.  Aetna Better Health of Ohio[2] is the managed care provider for OhioRISE.  OhioRISE went ‘live’ on July 1, 2022. The Need...

Engaging on ageism in the LGBT community
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Engaging on ageism in the LGBT community

By: Jax Kelly, AIDS Funding Collaborative Intern/Guest Even prior to Pride, it’s been a busy few months of LGBT events. Jax Kelly, an intern with the AIDS Funding Collaborative, has been making the circuit speaking on HIV, ageism, stigma, and dating. His internship with AFC is part of a practicum as a Master of Public...