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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...

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides critical support for birthing people and families
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National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides critical support for birthing people and families

There has been awareness about the 988 National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline since its launch this summer, but little is known about another 24/7 hotline that was implemented beforehand. The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline was launched in May 2022 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The hotline connects pregnant, postpartum people and...

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...

Juneteenth, slavery, and the origins of health disparities
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Juneteenth, slavery, and the origins of health disparities

While Juneteenth has been recognized over the last two centuries as Black Independence Day—a celebration commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans—it also serves as a cruel reminder of how long our country has to go before overcoming entrenched systemic racism. It is widely accepted that the first kidnapped Africans to reach European colonies in...

Prioritize Black and brown women when addressing maternal mortality and morbidity
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Prioritize Black and brown women when addressing maternal mortality and morbidity

The United States is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth. This is a frightening sentence to write as a pregnant woman. Impending childbirth and parenthood are anxiety-inducing enough (even though I’ve been through it all before), but the work that my colleagues and I have been doing over the...

Lessons of Two Years of COVID-19: Impacts of an Offline System for WIC Beneficiaries in Ohio
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Lessons of Two Years of COVID-19: Impacts of an Offline System for WIC Beneficiaries in Ohio

By: Hope A. Lane-Gavin, Fellow, Health Equity, The Center for Community Solutions Katherine Ungar, Policy Associate, Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio In our first blog of this series highlighting our research into the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and how it operates in Ohio, we outlined many of the program’s...

New guidance to implement 12 months of postpartum Medicaid coverage, up from 60 days  
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New guidance to implement 12 months of postpartum Medicaid coverage, up from 60 days  

UPDATE: Ohio’s extended postpartum coverage went into effect on April 1, 2022. Ohio’s 2022-23 state budget that was signed into law in June 2021 included a provision that would provide Medicaid coverage for birthing people up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level for a full year after giving birth. The current policy is to provide Medicaid coverage for 60 days...

equitable maternal health
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Equitable maternal health care remains priority for federal and state governments

By: Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Natasha Takyi-Micah, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Maternal and infant health have continued to be at the top of national and state discourse as governments pursue policy solutions to help combat the ongoing and intensifying crisis. While we are hopeful that strides will be made in...