Category: Blog

April 18, 2022

Measuring Racial Segregation in Cuyahoga County

Greater Cleveland is one of the most segregated large cities in the United States. A quick look at census data reveals distinct patterns of residency along racial lines. For example, Black people make up 48 percent of people in Cleveland, while white people comprise 71 percent of suburbanites, disproportionate to their shares in the county...

April 11, 2022

Greater Cleveland Area Organizations Seek to Build Human Capital Through Ohio’s Capital Budget

The Ohio General Assembly will soon take up a state capital budget that will top the $2 billion dollar mark. Several health and human service organizations in Greater Cleveland are making the case for why their organizations should receive some of these funds via a community project designation. In the last state capital budget, 13...

April 11, 2022

Ohio Benefits Self-Service Portal Gets Important Upgrade; Ohio Starts to Commit to Human Centered-Design

By:  Rachel Cahill, Visiting Fellow, Public Benefits Jami Turley, Ohio Benefits System User Ohioans have long faced problems using Ohio’s online application and case management system for key work supports, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and Ohio Works First (OWF). In November 2020, Community Solutions published a paper entitled,  Prioritize Customer Needs...

April 4, 2022

Prevention services and systems of care key to implementing OhioRISE

By: Patrick Kanary, Consultant OhioRISE, Ohio’s next generation of behavioral health Medicaid for children, youth, and families, continues to roll forward to its ‘live’ date of July 1, 2022. Implementation of OhioRISE[1] is a complex and intensive process with multiple partners at the state and local levels. Implementation of OhioRISE is a complex and intensive process...

April 4, 2022

Exploring the Digital Divide in Ohio

Ohioans are becoming more connected than ever before. According to the newly released American Community Survey 2020 5-year estimates, 84.9% of Ohio households (4,003,564 households) are connected to the internet. The majority (84.5%; 3,988,413 households) of these connections are high speed broadband connections, such as cable, fiber optic, cellular data, or satellite services, however, a...

April 4, 2022

Impact of Ohio Substitute House Bill 327 on Non-Profit Organizations

Ohio Substitute House Bill 327 is currently pending before the House State and Local Government Committee. The bill, as drafted, would impose sweeping new prohibitions on local non-profit organizations implementing inclusion and diversity programs in the State of Ohio if they receive any funds from the State of Ohio or an Ohio political subdivision. The...

March 28, 2022

Public Health Emergency Unwind: What’s going on with student loans?

Federal student loan payments have been suspended, interest-free, since the advent of the pandemic in March 2020. The payment suspension is currently scheduled to end on May 1, 2022 after being extended five times since 2020.  As part of the overall work that The Center for Community Solutions is engaged with related to the “unwinding”...

March 28, 2022

Emily Campbell and Emily Muttillo Move into New Leadership Roles at Community Solutions

Emily Campbell has been appointed chief operating officer for The Center for Community Solutions. In this new role she will oversee all the research, policy, and administration related activities of the organization. Emily Muttillo has been appointed as the new Williamson Family Fellow for Applied Research and will serve as director of the Community Solutions...

March 28, 2022

Racism as Public Health Crisis: Impact on Black Health Care Workers

The current COVID-19 public health crisis is affecting everyone, but is acutely impacting those working in the health care field. A Morning Consult survey polling 1,000 healthcare workers across the U.S. in January 2021 found that almost one in two workers reported that their mental health and daily life had worsened during the pandemic, close...