Category: Strengthening the HHS Safety Net

October 28, 2020

Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

On October 6, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced its plans for the Ohio COVID-19 Vaccine Program. Currently ODH has a working framework for the program in which health care experts, provider organizations, and local leaders will offer input and logistical planning. ODH officials are still working on certain sections of the framework such...

October 23, 2020

New Groundwork Ohio report advocates for lead safe child care facilities

On an October 13 webinar, Groundwork Ohio, an early childhood advocacy organization, unveiled its report called Building the Way to a Healthier Future. The report is a tool to advocate for lead safe policies within child care facilities in Ohio across the United States. Lynanne Gutierrez, assistant director and legal counsel for Groundwork Ohio, facilitated...

October 22, 2020

Don’t forget the back of the ballot this November! County levies would provide resources to help communities across the state

The presidential candidates will be at the top of your ballot this November, but the items near the end can make an immediate and tangible difference in the lives of Ohioans. There are dozens of county levies on the ballot which, if passed, would provide millions of dollars in investments in health and social services....

October 19, 2020

A new tool to promote safe birth spacing in Ohio

By Guest Authors: Melissa Federman, Lisa Amlung Holloway and Lauren Sogor Maternal and child health outcomes improve when pregnancies are spaced at least 18 months from the previous birth. Ohio is behind the national average with safe birth spacing with 63 percent of births safely spaced, compared to 67 percent nationally. Too few health care...

October 12, 2020

Diaper need is an unspoken reality for many families

Which of the following programs provides diapers to low-income families in Ohio? Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Women Infant and Children (WIC) Help Me Grow Early Head Start None of the Above Unfortunately, the correct answer is 5. None of the Above. The only program families in Ohio can use to access diapers is Temporary...

September 15, 2020

Ohio approved for second round of Pandemic-EBT benefits for 490,000 school children

When schools suddenly closed in March in response to COVID-19, the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program filled a critical gap in the food budgets of struggling families in Ohio. As I wrote in May, Congress created P-EBT to provide groceries to families whose children were missing out on free or reduced-price school meals. Ohio’s Departments of Job...

July 6, 2020

The status of Ohio’s women: Birth spacing

Late last year, The Center for Community Solutions released fact sheets on the Status of Women for each of Ohio’s 88 counties that include a cross section of indicators about women including health, economic, civic and education levels. Modeled after a national report on the Status of Women, by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in which...