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Early indications show that overdoses are rising again

Drug overdoses are on the rise again. Local information and data from 2019 tracked by media outlets combined with early 2020 indicators show that overdoses are moving in the wrong direction. This is especially concerning after the state saw a decline, across Ohio, in overdoses in 2018. Data reported by county coroners from around the...

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Minority health matters

There have long been disparities in health outcomes between Ohioans of color and white Ohioans, with yearly widening gaps in infant mortality rates, average life expectancy rates, maternal mortality rates and more. Minority health in Ohio has long suffered from poor social determinants of health due to policy and system inequities. The COVID-19 pandemic is...

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Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition is one step closer to making Cleveland lead safe

A local organization is making strides to resolve the lead poisoning issue in Cleveland. The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition, a grassroots organization, talked to Cleveland City Council on August 12. During the committee of the whole and council meeting, Cleveland City Council approved an amendment to an ordinance that will allocate $5 million to the...

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Positive COVID infections among young people are rising in Cuyahoga County; 6,674 cases and 336 deaths in the county due to COVID-19

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has been holding virtual press conferences to update citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on most Fridays. “Our positive cases are still way up in the past month,” said County Executive Armond Budish as he opened the July 17 Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) coronavirus pandemic briefing. As the...

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Are you okay? Caring for the caregiver

It’s late, you’re sleep deprived, your loved one is not feeling well and you’re on the phone with the doctor’s office weighing the options. Should you call an ambulance or transport your loved one to the emergency room yourself? This scenario is just one of many that more than 1 in 5 Americans who care...

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Ohio’s Balancing Act: Knowing the Risks of Reopening and Taking Action

On April 27, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the Responsible Restart Ohio plan, outlining the state’s efforts to slowly revise the public health orders for COVID-19. After facing significant pressure and criticism from some in the business community, these changes reflected the administration’s efforts to balance the dual imperatives of proactive public health measures with...

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“Flattening the curve is not the end of the pandemic.” 1,997 COVID-19 cases, 105 deaths in Cuyahoga County

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) commissioner Terry Allan discussed the Responsible Restart Ohio plan. On Friday, May 15 personal services facilities like salons, barbershops, tanning booths and day spas can open. Also, on May 15 outdoor...

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$750M in budget cuts DO NOT mean consumer Medicaid benefit/coverage cuts

When the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) announced on Tuesday, May 6 that April tax revenues were $866.5 million short in this year’s budget it didn’t really surprise me. When one considers Ohio’s record unemployment claims, it was expected that income and sales tax proceeds would take a big hit. OBM Director Kim...

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Cuyahoga County Executive announces employee furloughs, hiring freeze and expected budget cuts

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday mornings. Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish announced two-week furloughs for county employees, a county-wide hiring freeze and a planned 15 percent budget cut at the May 1 Cuyahoga County Board of Health briefing. Local governments, like Cuyahoga County,...