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Winners of the 2019 Ohio Health and Human Services Reporting Grant

It was truly inspiring to see the number and quality of applications from journalists all across Northeast Ohio who responded to our inaugural Ohio Health and Human Services Grant! Applicants from across the region, reporters based everywhere from Youngstown to Cleveland, applied with original, unique and compelling reporting projects. Due to the quality of the applications, and the varied story ideas,...

Ohio Commemorates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Ensuring health and safety has been a concern of The Center for Community Solutions since its inception in 1913 when it was called The Federation for Charity and Philanthropy. Over the decades, our organization played key roles in creating and monitoring the implementation of state and local laws and protocols to protect Ohio residents. Today, June 17, the Ohio Attorney...

Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee Awards Workforce Development Contracts

The Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee heard a workforce development Request for Proposal (RFP) award for contracts with two agencies: the first to Maximus, a national workforce development entity with a local presence in Cleveland, for an award of $2,606,193.96, the other to The Centers for Families and Children for an award of $4,440,833.54. Each...

Securing Stability: Legal Aid’s Lasting Impact

The Center for Community Solutions was engaged by The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Community Legal Aid to examine whether civil legal assistance has a lasting impact. Using a mixed-methods approach, Community Solutions collected data from former clients from both Legal Aid nonprofit organizations that serve 13 counties in Northeast Ohio. More than 1,250 former clients responded to a...

The Senate budget is out, what does it mean for health and human services?

By: Loren C. Anthes, MBA, Public Policy Fellow, Medicaid Policy Center Melissa Federman, Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy | Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow On Tuesday, the Ohio Senate released its version of the state budget, Substitute House Bill 166. We’ll be sharing more about the Senate’s changes in a...

Poverty waits in long, cold lines

Introduction I am a board member of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and earlier this year I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dan Rourke, a client health specialist with the Food Bank’s Help Center. He was one of the guiding spirits of the Help Center and helped connect thousands of Food Bank clients with needed help and...

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Greater Cleveland Foodbank present to county committee

The May 22 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) Committee heard a workforce development Request For Proposal (RFP) award for contracts with two agencies and two presentations from community organizations: The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and The Greater Cleveland Foodbank. The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center The first presentation was from Sondra Miller, President and...

Feds float idea of re-evaluating poverty measures: Why you should pay attention

Last month, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), issued a notice that it’s looking at various inflation measures and how those measures influence the Official Poverty Measure (OPM) and other Census Bureau income measures. What does this mean? Currently, the OPM is tied to the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI is an inflation measure that looks at “the average...

Conference on Black Aging Reconvened After 10-Year Hiatus

More than 100 people, including advocates and organizational representatives, packed the multipurpose room at the A.M. McGregor Home in East Cleveland, on May 17 for the 2019 Anna V. Brown conference. The conference is named in honor of Brown, who was the first director for the Cleveland Office on Aging. It is meant to discuss the current state and future...