Category: Ohio

January 10, 2022

Community Solutions Consulting: 2021 in review

From as far away as California to as nearby as the office across the street, more than a dozen organizations sought assistance from The Center for Community Solutions in 2021. Our experts conduct research, perform analysis, produce content, and provide advice. The pace and breadth of people reaching out for help has only increased during...

January 3, 2022

Council on Older Persons perseveres on policy change during pandemic

When elected officials and civic organizations need a place to turn for feedback and ideas, when advocates look to a place to exchange events and collaboration opportunities, they turn to The Council on Older Persons (COOP). COOP has been in existence for over 70 years and continues to be a leading voice for older adults...

January 3, 2022

New Data Shows Ohio Children at Lowest Poverty Rate in 20 Years

The most reliable and comprehensive estimates show a large drop in child poverty in 2020, while poverty rates for working age adults and older adults remained largely unchanged. The new poverty information was released by the US Census Bureau as the 2020 American Community Survey 1-Year Experimental Data. Better news on child poverty in Ohio...

December 13, 2021

Exploring the Justice Gap: the barriers Northeast Ohio residents face in the legal system

During 2020 and 2021, The Center for Community Solutions collaborated with Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to examine legal and other needs in five counties in Northeast Ohio. An integral piece of this assessment was surveying nearly 500 residents across the region. Residents across Cuyahoga, Lorain, Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake Counties provided crucial information about...

December 13, 2021

Advocates for Ohio’s Future: A Look Back at 2021

By: Kelsey Bergfeld, Director, Advocates for Ohio’s Future Sarah Hudacek, Policy Assistant, Community Solutions & Advocates for Ohio’s Future Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of over 500 state and local health and human services policy, advocacy and provider organizations that strive to strengthen families and communities through public funding for health,...

December 6, 2021

Ohio among first three states approved to issue Pandemic EBT benefits for missed school meals during 2021-2022 school year

On November 16, 2021, Ohio became one of the first three states in the country to receive federal approval to implement a Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program during the 2021-2022 school year. Thanks to strong planning and coordination between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), and school...

November 29, 2021

Ohio Opioid Settlement of $800 Million Creates OneOhio Plan, and Need for Scrutiny 

Earlier this month, the United States hit a terrifying milestone with over 100,000 annual opioid related deaths.  According to an analysis by the Ohio Alliance for Population Health, Ohio’s overdose trends have reflected national data, with recent increases in mortality tied to fentanyl and an acceleration in those overdoses driven by access limitations induced by COVID. This trend, however, only...

November 29, 2021

Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition aims to eliminate menthol cigarettes in local communities

Local initiatives during Lung Cancer Awareness Month November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month when many organizations and individuals are encouraging the public to learn about this disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both women and men throughout the United...

November 15, 2021

Overwhelming Support for HHS Levies on Election Day

Out of 54 county health and human services levies across the state, voters approved all but four in the November 2nd election. According to unofficial election results from County Boards of Election, most approved levies passed with wide margins. Getting to the voting booth on even the smallest of election years, however, still remains vital...