Portage County Commissioners declare Racism a public health crisis

On Sept 11, the Portage County Commissioners declared racism a public health crisis in the county. The Portage County commissioners followed in the footsteps of six counties in Ohio, along with the Portage County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Kent City Health Department and the Portage County Democratic Party. “It declares racism a public health crisis. It says that our county is going to work in all the ways that we function as a county to promote equity, whether that be in hiring, purchasing, contracting or the policies that we promote,” Portage County Commissioner, Kathleen Clyde said. “We are also going to support, lift up and amplify organizations that are

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Proposed New Budget Increase for Homelessness Programs Barely Makes a Dent in Akron

By Nadine Battah & Jay Shah Summit County consists of a massive homeless population including almost 2000 undocumented homeless individuals. The demographic of these individuals varies from at-risk youth to single parents. Despite the availability of certain services thanks to community and state funded local organizations, Summit County is far away from successfully eradicating what is considered as an important public health issue.  Earlier this year, U.S. Secreary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson approved a funding increase of about $109 million to be awarded to needy counties across Ohio. Around $28 million of this funding will be granted to Cuyahoga County and $232,125 have already been awarded to

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Coronavirus Poses No Immediate Threat to Ohio

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) swept the nation by a storm, with extensive travel restrictions and procedures in place for emergent quarantines as necessary. The outbreak which originated in the Wuhan region, Hubei Province, China has been deemed a pandemic under two criteria as determined by the Ohio Department of Health. The virus is newly discovered and communicable.  Although, the virus has primarily affected Wuhan and its immediate vicinities, travellers from China that were infected, carried the virus to a growing number of international locations including the United States. Out of the 398 total cases, 12 were confirmed positive across 6 states, 318 negative and 68 pending across 37 states

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