Category: Strengthening the HHS Safety Net

October 7, 2019

Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality Focus of ‘Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story’

Last week, First Year Cleveland through their Pregnancy And Infant Loss Initiative (PAIL), debuted a short film that tells the story of infant loss from a black women’s perspective. As the film website explains, the film invites the viewer to “Follow Nina in this day-in-the-life drama, and see the world through the eyes of a...

October 7, 2019

Ohio’s single-mom households more likely to live in poverty than single dads, what does this mean for kids?

Being a single parent is hard. Without another adult in the family, responsibilities for caregiving, earning and household management fall on a single set of shoulders. There are more than 377,000 families with children in Ohio that are classified as “female householder, no husband present,” the Census Bureau’s designation for a single mother (or grandmother...

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 16, 2019

Many of Ohio’s older adults are actively engaged in the workforce

Earlier this summer, the Associated Press released a poll that showed 1 in 4 Americans do not plan to retire. This got me thinking about what older adults in Ohio are thinking about their own employment. Fortunately, we have some data about this very issue handy to look at. In the past four years, The Center...

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

How proposed USDA rule could affect SNAP eligibility in Ohio

In a move that will result in fewer Americans qualifying for benefits, on Tuesday the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, proposed new rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would eliminate eligibility for households with savings and other assets.  Currently, The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 allows for states to use “categorical...