In Case You Missed It: Expanding Medicaid Makes Sense for Ohioans

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Cleveland Foodbank to listen in on a presentation by Advocates for Ohio’s Future. As a student at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, I wanted to know what my fellow social workers have been talking about the last few months, since I confess, I really didn’t understand the issue. If you don’t know what the Medicaid expansion issue is all about, find yourself a comfy Continue reading

A Celebration of Trail 2.0

So much is happening in northeast Ohio! This week, I am helping the Buckeye Trail Association prepare for its annual trail celebration, April 25-28. Our second annual event, Buckeye TrailFest, is all about bringing attention to Ohio’s 1,444-mile circular trail. This year’s highlights include backpacking programs, nature presentations, a wine reception, drum circle, hikes in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and so much more. Folks who have never heard of the trail will want to Continue reading

Welcome (back), Cleveland

I had the pleasure of hearing Richey Piiparinen and Anne Trubek speak about Rust Belt Chic, a book they’ve compiled about Cleveland on the move. Both appeared on the Case Western Reserve campus last week during an inspiring lecture at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The two have written a Cleveland anthology about this gritty city on a comeback, and everyone in the audience seemed to be nodding with warm affection. Although Richey Continue reading

Partnerships, Re-affirmed

On April 1, I had a productive meeting with Lisa Bottoms, the Program Director for Human Services and Child and Youth Development at The Cleveland Foundation. She had a chance to review a grant proposal I created for a youth employment project at Case Western Reserve, which might be a model for other cities. With Lisa, it’s OK to dream big. Lisa is enthusiastic about projects that mobilize youth, especially those that help provide employment Continue reading