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Improving Infant, Maternal and Adolescent Health: October 21 Celebration Forum
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Improving Infant, Maternal and Adolescent Health: October 21 Celebration Forum

Maternal and infant health is a Community Solutions priority that we spend a lot of time researching and exploring, especially in the past year. The result is always the same: significant disparities exist for mothers, babies, and families: and there are steps that Ohio could take to make improvements. For example, Ohio recently took advantage...

Latest Ohio Department of Health infant mortality report: crisis and disparities remain
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Latest Ohio Department of Health infant mortality report: crisis and disparities remain

By: Hope A. Lane-Gavin, Fellow, Health Equity Natasha Takyi-Micah, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Addressing the infant mortality crisis in Ohio remains one of our top priorities at The Center for Community Solutions, as an avenue to improving public health. Infant mortality is defined as the death of an infant before their first birthday....

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022
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Dear County Executive: how will you sustain services for older adults?

By: Rachelle Millner, West Side Community House & Karnese McKenzie, St. Martin de Porres Center Dear County Executive: We are the co-chairs of the Council of Neighborhood Leaders, a collective of local neighborhood centers that collectively assist thousands of families in Cuyahoga County. One of our most delicate populations we serve includes seniors; our elders...

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022
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Dear County Executive: how will you address the impact of COVID, opioids, and structural racism on behavioral health?

By: Eric Morse, MSSA, LISW-S, CEO, The Centers Dear County Executive, Cuyahoga County’s community behavioral health systems have been stretched thin by three overlapping public health crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio’s unremitting opioid epidemic, and structural racism. Even before the pandemic, 17% of adults in Cuyahoga County reported frequent mental distress in 2019.[1] While complete...

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022
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Dear County Executive: close gaps in the Medicaid application process for Limited English Proficient residents

By: Elaine Tso, Asian Services in Action (ASIA) Dear County Executive, Asian Services in Action (ASIA), supports immigrants and refugees with various resources, including government benefits. We guide immigrants and refugees through the American system to help them apply for eligible programs and benefits that would improve their life in the United States, such as...

Dear Cuyahoga County Executive 2022
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Dear County Executive, how will you address the inequalities and disparities within our community?

By: Crystal Bryant, Esq. Dear County Executive, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has been in existence since 1909. The Cleveland Branch of the NAACP was founded three years later, in 1912. Since then, the NAACP has prided itself on being a champion for civil rights and the advancement of equity...

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Dear County Executive: how will you address our housing crisis?

By: Bishop Chui, NEOCH Dear County Executive, I am writing to you at a time when our county is at a crossroads; in one direction is a worsening housing crisis, brought on by historic investment by private equity in residential real estate and huge increases in the cost of housing. In the other direction, a...

Yes, people DO want to work: workforce development in Buckeye-Woodhill
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Yes, people DO want to work: workforce development in Buckeye-Woodhill

Ohio’s unemployment rate is at 3.9%, higher than the national average of 3.5%. Not too bad…right? In July, Ohio added approximately 6,900 jobs to the private sector, which sounds like a decent number. Preparing the second of this series, I wondered how those numbers play out for my friends, neighbors and partners of the Buckeye-Woodhill...