September 15, 2014

1. In the Nation: Fighting the Prescription Drug Epidemic using Online Prescribing
A 2010 Drug Enforcement Agency rule allowing pharmacies and care providers to handle prescriptions for commonly abused prescription drugs online is gradually being implemented across the country. This rule is expected to help reduce fraudulent prescriptions by reducing reliance on paper scripts and cutting down on the practice of “doctor shopping,” which allows drug abusers to obtain multiple prescriptions at once. Beginning next year, the State of New York will require that controlled substances be prescribed electronically, a move lauded by the CDC.


2. In the State: Programs in Central Ohio Aim to Reduce Infant Mortality
Central Ohio, similar to the state as a whole, has been experiencing alarming rates of infant mortality. The Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force has set a goal to reduce the area’s rate from 2011’s 9.8 infant deaths per 1,000 live births to the national average of 6. Programs around the city target new mothers and their babies and provide home visits, education, and support groups. These programs address the health and socioeconomic factors that contribute to infant mortality.



3. In the Region: $1.2 Million in ACA Funds Awarded to NEO Health Centers
More than $1.2 million in grants have been awarded to five Northeast Ohio health centers: Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Asian Services in Action, Care Alliance, Lorain County Health & Dentistry, and Neighborhood Family Practice, to increase the size of their staffs and expand medical services in disadvantaged communities. The grants are part of $295 million awarded across the country, including $8.5 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 37 health centers in Ohio to expand primary care services.


4. At Community Solutions: Workforce, Education, Health are Top CCS Survey Priorities
Every year, we ask our network for their feedback about the condition of health and human services in Ohio, which helps us to both gain a better understanding of issues affecting our communities as well as set our own priorities for the coming year. This year, our network identified "workforce and employment issues" as the most important economic, health, or social issue confronting the state. It edged out education, which has had the top spot in past years’ surveys. Health issues rounded out the top three. Learn more about our survey results in the September edition of Common Ground.


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We help the people who help people -- human service professionals, civic leaders, and public officials. Our applied research, policy analysis, and non-partisan advocacy are what set us apart. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, we identify, analyze, and explain key health, social, and economic data and issues, and propose non-partisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. In addition to keeping an eye on emerging issues, we focus on five priorities. They include: 

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