December 5, 2016

1. In the Nation: Older Adults Are Still Skipping Vaccinations
People once vigilant about vaccinating their children aren't nearly as careful about protecting themselves as they age, even though diseases like influenza, pneumonia and shingles (a.k.a. herpes zoster) are particularly dangerous for older people. Learn more in this New York Times article.

2. In the State: Budget Landscape: Ohio's Health and Human Services Agencies 2018-2019
The Center for Community Solutions releases the companion State Budgeting Matters to the Ohio Department of Medicaid Budget Preview. This second piece takes a retrospective look at the Ohio Departments of Aging, Developmental Disabilities, Health, Job and Family Services, and Mental Health and Addiction Services. Budget Landscape: Ohio's Health and Human Services Agencies 2018-2019 discusses major changes in the agencies during the Kasich Administration and takes a look ahead at the landscape for the upcoming state budget. 

3. In the Region: HUD Smoking Ban Lights Fire Under CMHA Smokers to Quit
Since he was 18, Fred Seals has smoked as many as two packs of cigarettes a day. Now Seals is 67 and he has a difficult decision to make in light of the decision earlier this week by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro to ban smoking in all public-housing units nationwide. Read more on

4. At Community Solutions: Ohio Department of Medicaid Budget Preview
In his recent State Budgeting Matters report, Policy Fellow Loren Anthes takes a retrospective look at the Department, the significant structural changes of the program since the beginning of the Kasich administration, the movement toward value and privatization, and identifies some major issues to look out for in the upcoming biennial budget.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: What can $100 Buy, State by State?
It's no surprise that cost of living varies widely across the country. But those variations don't just apply to big ticket expenses, like rent. Goods and services, such as groceries, gasoline, and clothing also vary in cost regionally. This week's graphic, from The New York Times, shows those differences, state by state. Luckily for us, in Ohio, our $100 stretches a little further than elsewhere in the nation.

Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee Focuses on Important Issues at
Their October and November Meetings


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 also focus on the following policies: 

  • Strengthening the Health and Human Services Safety Net
  • Medicaid
  • Safety, Health, and Economic Wellbeing of Older Adults  
  • Improving Maternal and Infant Health
  • Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health Education