April 13,2015

1. In the Nation: States’ Policy Decisions on Law Affect Access
A study by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York foundation that studies health systems domestically and internationally, finds that residents struggle with care and cost in states that have not expanded insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

2. In the State: Ohio Ranks 47th in Overall Value when Compared to Spending on Health Care
A recent report card prepared by the nonpartisan Health Policy Institute of Ohio has found that the state is practically at the back of the pack nationally when taking into account the overall value, or effectiveness, of its health-care spending.

3. In the Region: Program Helps Low-income Seniors Pay Off Delinquent Property Taxes
Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) is providing much-needed assistance for homeowners aged 55 and older facing possible property tax foreclosure. The Senior Tax Delinquency Loan Program is a partnership between ESOP, Third Federal Savings and Loan, and Faith Community United Credit Union that will offer affordable loans to older homeowners who have fallen behind on their property taxes. 

4. At Community Solutions: Recruiting Youth Advocates for 2015−2016 Ohio Youth Leadership Council
Community Solutions is recruiting youth advocates in the Greater Cleveland or Greater Columbus area to be part of our Ohio Youth Leadership Council (OYLC). The OYLC is composed of 10 dynamic high school and college students from around the state who support and promote evidence-based, responsible sex education, and related prevention and access issues. Working closely with the OYLC Coordinator, council members will develop and implement strategies to advocate for comprehensive sex education programs, policies, and practices in Ohio. Learn more here.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: National Minority Health Month
April is National Minority Health Month. Health and health care disparities continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities across the United States. For example, Latinos are 65 percent more likely to be diabetic than non-Hispanic Whites. Visit Families USA’s interactive version of the infographic below for more information on health disparities four minority groups.

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Watch our latest "High On Ohio" video,  First, We Must Sell Our Helicopters (Breaking the Cycle of Poverty)

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What We Do

A nonprofit, non-partisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions focuses on solutions to health, social and economic issues.

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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