Ohio Health and Human Services Journalism Grant

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The Center for Community Solutions is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural

Health & Human Services Journalism Grant

The Center for Community Solutions, a 106-year-old nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Cleveland, is proud to announce the four winning reporters of the inaugural Ohio Health and Human Services Journalism Grant. Learn more about the winners and the judging process here. 

Community Solutions is committed to being “hands off” in the editorial process.

The winners are

Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

Ginger Christ, The Plain Dealer




Working together on one project, Rachel Dissell and Ginger Christ of The Plain Dealer will share one grant for a single project. Dissell is an investigative reporter who began at the Plain Dealer in 2002. Christ started at The Plain Dealer in 2016 and covers the business of health care for the paper.







Betty Lin-Fisher, Akron Beacon Journal




Betty Lin-Fisher is a reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal. She started at the paper in 1995 and since that time has filled many roles including consumer reporter and columnist, metro reporter and most recently as a medical reporter.









Hannah Lebovits, Cleveland Scene Magazine



Hannah Lebovits is a freelance reporter for Cleveland Scene magazine where she covers regional and suburban policy. Lebovits is also currently a PhD student at Cleveland State University where her research focuses on “the social and spatial inequities tied to metropolitan areas and the tensions between and within central cities, suburbs and rural areas.”




Jessica Hardin, The Youngstown Vindicator




Jessica Hardin is a reporter for The Youngstown Vindicator. She started her career as a journalist in 2018, but before embarking on the career she graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in a small Georgian town near the borders of Turkey and Armenia, and also worked as an assistant in the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.