Category: Strengthening the HHS Safety Net

March 27, 2020

More than 200 cases of COVID19 in Cuyahoga County, “We need you to please listen…or we are going to have problems in our hospital capacity.”

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health holds press conference updating citizens the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Terry Allan, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Commissioner said that Cuyahoga County and the state are both successfully “flattening the curve.” “We are flattening the curve,” said Allan. “We are extending out cases that...

March 27, 2020

Cuyahoga County to buy $1 million in PPE, start small business fund

Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish spoke at the Board of Health’s press conference. He announced that the county has established a small business “On the one hand I’m happy to see that people are following the governor’s orders, but I’m also very, very sad and concerned about the future of these businesses….When small businesses die...

March 27, 2020

Benefit changes: Redeterminations, requirements affected by coronavirus

  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the State of Ohio and Cuyahoga County have issued new guidance surrounding the public benefits many Ohioans rely on, including Supplemental Assistance for needy Families (SNAP), Ohio Works First (OWF) and Medicaid. Medicaid recipients can now utilize telehealth services even for first time appointments. Redeterminations are suspended for 180...

March 25, 2020

Policy recommendations to flatten the coronavirus curve

On March 15, The Center for Community Solutions released a memo outlining steps the State of Ohio and the federal government could take to help flatten the coronavirus curve and to boost Ohio’s economy. Since then, Ohio and the federal government have adopted some of our policy suggestions. This is meant to be a status...

March 21, 2020

Preventing social isolation when the senior center closes

Governor Mike DeWine announced that all senior centers must close by the end of the day on Monday, March 23, 2020. Even before the official government decree, congregate meal sites for older adults across the state were transitioning from group meals within their facilities to meal delivery and meal pick-up. Governor Mike DeWine announced that...

March 18, 2020

How to help your local foodbank during COVID-19

Everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but as we have previously written, vulnerable populations are even more at risk during this difficult time. And more of our fellow Ohioans may soon need assistance from safety net services like Ohio’s foodbanks. That’s why we’re sharing information from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks on how you...

March 16, 2020

Ohio needs emergency health & human services Coronavirus policy changes

In light of the first, and hopefully only, global pandemic in our lives, my colleagues and I, with help from others, have pulled together a list of policy steps that we think are essential. The challenges the health and humans services sector face are unlikely any in our lifetime. Unless we take extraordinary steps, lives...