Category: Strengthening the HHS Safety Net

October 25, 2021

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and how state and local current prevention efforts provide resources for families in poverty

October is known for many health awareness causes such as breast cancer and domestic violence, but lead poisoning is a public health issue that more people are noticing. Established in 1999 by the US Senate, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) occurs during the last week of October each year. A collaboration between the United...

October 25, 2021

Exploring the Thrifty Food Plan: A SNAP Shopping Experiment 

The United States Department of Agriculture released the Thrifty Food Plan in 1975, as one of four plans that estimate the cost of a healthy diet. The four plans – Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, Liberal, and Thrifty – provide guidelines for the type and amount of food, measured in pounds per week, that an individual should eat with slightly different recommendations dependent on an individual’s age...

September 7, 2021

Dear Mayor, How can Community Solutions Help You Navigate the Health and Human Services Needs of the Community?

By:  David Miller, PhD, Chair, Board of Directors John Corlettt, President and Executive Director Dear Mayor, Congratulations on your recent election as Mayor of the City of Cleveland. The Center for Community Solutions stands ready to assist through the offering of non-partisan policy analysis and proactive recommendations regarding challenges as you begin your term in January,...

August 30, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions about using SNAP online

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Center for Community Solutions has been carefully monitoring the issue of food security for Ohioans, including nutrition policy on the federal and state level and U.S. Census Pulse data to assess the extent of the problem. Community Solutions has also been tracking grocery shopping innovation and alternatives,...

August 30, 2021

Navigating Pandemic EBT

Ensuring that children received proper nutrition was one of the many challenges that COVID brought. In the 2019-2020 school year, over 710,000 K-12 Ohio students were eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch and breakfast. Meals were provided directly to students when they were physically in school. Once schools closed during the pandemic, many...

August 23, 2021

Twenty-five Years Later, U.S. Policy Shifts on Aid to Poor Families with Children

Earlier this year, President Joe Biden and his Congressional allies included a provision in the American Rescue Plan Act that, in effect, reversed 25 years of policy created by welfare reform legislation passed – in August, 1996.  New York Times reporter Jason DeParle described it as a “break with a quarter century of policy.”[1] It...

August 9, 2021

What challenges Ohio families faced during the pandemic

  We need your help! The Center for Community Solutions and Ohio Association of Foodbanks wants to understand what challenges Ohio families faced during the pandemic and what has helped. Please take 10 minutes to complete the online survey.  Results will be available in October and we will share them widely with policy makers and...