Category: Ohio

September 30, 2019

Populations in more Ohio counties flip, now have more older adults than children

The recent release of the 2018 one-year estimates of the American Community Survey is a special day for population data nerds. As we anxiously await for data.census.gov to update the tables with fresh data, we speculate on which communities have grown, shrunk or stayed the same. Here at Community Solutions, we have been keeping an...

September 30, 2019

Who was uninsured in Cuyahoga County in 2018?

In 2018, more than 70,000 Cuyahoga County residents did not have health insurance coverage, making up 5.7 percent of the population. These results come from just-released data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). The county’s uninsured rate was significantly lower than Ohio’s rate (6.5 percent) and the rate in the United States (8.9...

September 30, 2019

Cleveland ranks 1-2-3 in poverty

Among the largest U.S. cities, Cleveland is worst in child poverty, second for working-age adults and third in older-adult poverty, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. Cleveland and Detroit are the only two cities that are in the bottom 10 for all three age groups. Cleveland is worst in child...

September 16, 2019

Ohio’s new budget includes funding for harm reduction, including syringe services programs

For the first time, Ohio’s state operating budget includes a dedicated line item that will fund harm reduction, including syringe services programs (SSPs) across the state. This funding was proposed and then ushered through budget deliberations by Senators Dave Burke (R-Marysville) and Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood). While many harm reduction initiatives, such as naloxone access and...

September 10, 2019

Number of uninsured Ohioans, children climbing

According to new information released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Ohioans who do not have health insurance has gone up. In 2018, 744,000 Ohioans did not have health insurance, compared to 686,000 Ohioans in 2017 – an increase of 58,000 people. Ohio was one of only eight states in the country...

July 29, 2019

Improving data reporting and transparency of data improves but more work left to do

Heading into the 2020-21 state budget, The Center for Community Solutions closely examined the cause behind declining enrollment in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, a larger proportion of the TANF caseload consisting of child-only cases (where children are living with another relative who isn’t their parent and receive cash assistance) and the...

July 29, 2019

New HIV service eligibility rules will help more Ohioans

In April, the Ohio Department of Health reinstated its HIV services program eligibility to 500 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). The program reduced its eligibility to 300 percent FPL in 2010, at a time when the program was not fiscally stable. The result created a two-tiered system of service provision in the state....

July 17, 2019

State makes significant investment in Multi-System Youth 

The Center for Community Solutions supports efforts to change the practice of forced custody relinquishment, so families don’t have to give up custody so children can receive needed behavioral health and developmental services.  Multi-system youth (MSY) are children and teenagers with complex needs that cannot be met by a single state or local agency. Multi-system youth (MSY)...

July 17, 2019

Ohio’s budget codifies the pregnancy associated mortality review committee

As the state responds to the high infant mortality rate, national reports have increasingly called attention to maternal deaths related to pregnancy, as well as severe maternal morbidity. The executive budget included language supporting the pregnancy associated mortality review process (PAMR) in Ohio, including a representative committee. The Center for Community Solutions began to explore...