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Revitalization with respect: Connecting housing and health
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Revitalization with respect: Connecting housing and health

Imagine a community with vibrant, safe, and inclusive neighborhoods in which all people live in healthy homes with equitable access to resources and opportunities to pursue their dreams. Nearby businesses serve everyone. The area is safe and walkable, with green space for recreation and exercise. That’s the kind of place that The Community Builders (TCB) envision when they…

No increases since 2009: The value of minimum wage keeps decreasing
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No increases since 2009: The value of minimum wage keeps decreasing

The federal minimum wage was established in 1938 as a part of the Fair Labor Standards Act. In that year, the minimum wage was $0.25/hour, which translates to $5.33/hour today.  Over the years, the federal minimum wage has been raised regularly: Since 2009, there have been no raises to minimum wage. That means that someone…

Homelessness and health: Lifelong issues
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Homelessness and health: Lifelong issues

The Homeless Coalition’s advocacy efforts do an incredible amount for people who are at risk for or experiencing homelessness. The list of services is exhaustive, but Dr. Mark Mussman, Director of Education at The Homeless Coalition, concentrates on work that raises people’s understanding about homelessness.  Just a few of those initiatives include “walking tours in…

Are average wages fair?

Are average wages fair?

There are a lot of numbers readily available for people who are interested in average wages locally, statewide, and nationwide. We’ll run through those numbers and discuss why they might not show the whole picture. National average wages The national average or all occupations is $29.76/hour. That translates to about $61,900/year. We’ve already discussed what…

Women’s health and financial instability: Poverty affects choices
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Women’s health and financial instability: Poverty affects choices

The Center for Community Solutions, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank focusing on health, social, and economic issues in Ohio, has concentrated on research, analysis, and advocacy to improve the wellbeing of Ohioans for the last 110 years. Angela Maher, Research Associate for The Center for Community Solutions, says that its success lies in its connection…

Social needs and social risks: How environmental factors affect health

Social needs and social risks: How environmental factors affect health

“In the United States, structures have been created to benefit those who are in power,” which means that people who are not in power face additional hardships that can affect their health, says Tiffany White. White is the Health Programs Manager, Healthy Communities Program, Cincinnati Health Department. She facilitates the Live-Work-Play Cincinnati Coalition. “Live-Work-Play is…

Why join the Hub

Why join the Hub

Health Care Access Now trains and hires Community Health Workers (CHW)—but that is not all. We are also a Certified Pathways Community HUB (Hub) for the Cincinnati area. Which means we partner with agencies to help them adopt the “pathways hub model”—the same model HCAN uses to serve our clients.   The Hub model The…

PRESS RELEASE: $25,000 grant from The Data for Equity Funding Collaborative awarded to HCAN

Health Care Access Now (HCAN) received funding from The Data for Equity Funding Collaborative in the amount of $25,000. The Data for Equity Funding Collaborative is a group effort between bi3, HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, and Interact for Health. HCAN trains and deploys Community Health Workers (CHWs) to provide community-based care coordination services, identifying social…

How low wages perpetuate poverty
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How low wages perpetuate poverty

When someone receives a low wage for their labor, that often translates into living in poverty. Seems like common sense, right?  Yet, the belief persists that certain jobs—fast food, wait staff, childcare workers, and housekeepers, as examples—should be paid poverty wages. Often, that’s linked to the idea that these are part-time jobs performed by young…