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Village of Health where black moms matter
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Village of Healing: Where Black Moms Matter

Upon making the decision to prioritize improving the dire maternal and infant health crisis our state is facing, Community Solutions committed itself to ensuring said efforts are rooted in the lived experience of the families and professionals in our communities. Thus far, these collaborations have come in a myriad of forms, including engaging with practicing...

The State of Student Debt Relief – Here’s what you should know
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The State of Student Debt Relief – Here’s what you should know

Applicants who filled out the Biden Administration’s debt relief application in early October have now begun receiving emails confirming their eligibility status. The intention behind the debt relief plan was to provide aid to offset student debt. Since 1980, the cost of four-year public and private college has tripled, making it harder than ever before...

Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee Address Multiple Contracts
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Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee Address Multiple Contracts

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging committee reconvened on September 21, 2022 after a lengthy recess. Because of the break, the county had to hear and consider several contracts, some of which required lengthy presentations and review. The following is a summary of those presentations. Additionally, several of the funding proposals would be...

Two more champions creating possibilities for youth in Buckeye –Woodhill
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Two more champions creating possibilities for youth in Buckeye –Woodhill

Last week I introduced some startling stats for youth and children in the Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood and two champions caring and serving the neighborhood. Today I introduce two more champions for youth. My Brother My Sister Global/MBMS  My Brother My Sister Global is approaching its 15-year anniversary. Originally founded in Akron-Copley MBMS, it has a mission...

Gun violence is a public health problem, and so is white supremacy
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Gun violence is a public health problem, and so is white supremacy

Gun violence was deemed a public health issue in 2016 by the American Medical Association,[1] and is stated to be the leading cause of premature death, killing roughly 38,000 people a year.[2] Racism has been declared a public health crisis by over 209 jurisdictions since August, 2021 after the killing of George Floyd.[3] If gun...

Digital inclusion and ARPA: Increase awareness and meet people where they are
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Digital inclusion and ARPA: Increase awareness and meet people where they are

Digital inclusion is one of ten advocacy areas the Greater Cleveland American Rescue Plan Coalition’s (GCARP Coalition) focus. On October 26th, the GCARP Coalition hosted a power hour conversation about digital inclusion. This discussion was an opportunity for community members to hear from experts in the technology and digital inclusion space about how they are...

Building Intentional Disability Community
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Building Intentional Disability Community

The way we interact and connect with other people has been continually changing since early 2020. With the abrupt onset of COVID-19 many of us physically isolated ourselves from contact with anyone outside of our immediate living space. We collectively learned how to meet virtually and socialize in ways that did not require sharing air....

A village of diverse opportunities for youth in Buckeye-Woodhill 
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A village of diverse opportunities for youth in Buckeye-Woodhill 

The Buckeye Woodhill neighborhood has one of the largest concentrations of children under the age of 18 in Cleveland, according to my partners here at Community Solutions. Over 1 in 4 residents are children about 2 in 3 of those children are living in poverty. The rate of births to teen mothers is about three times...