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Policies for Improving Ohio's Housing Markets

Publication date: 
05/2013
This report outlines some of the main findings from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s years of research and outreach with Ohio bankers, community development practitioners, and other market participants.1 We offer this white paper as an Ohio-centric companion to the nationally focused housing market report issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in January 20122, and we offer it in the same spirit—as providing a framework for weighing the pros and cons of programs aimed at stabilizing the housing sector.
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Expanding Medicaid in Ohio

Publication date: 
04/2013
If Ohio does not move forward with Medicaid expansion, thousands of Ohioans below 100 percent FPL will have no subsidized coverage assistance (as figure 2 indicates, those earning more than 100 percent FPL would be eligible for federal subsidies on health insurance exchanges). A substantial number of Ohioans, including more than 370,000 adults without dependent children by 2017, are projected to have no access to subsidized health coverage and will likely be uninsured.
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How Can Health Impact Assessments Lead to Better Policy Decisions?

Publication date: 
03/2013
Many of the biggest policy decisions that impact our well-being are made outside of the health and healthcare sectors. For example, local zoning and transportation planning, state budget decisions, and federal agriculture and energy policies can all impact our health. HIAs help policy-makers consider how such decisions will affect health and offer guidance for improving health and minimizing health-related risks, and costs.
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Expanding Medicaid in Ohio

Publication date: 
03/2013
The Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study (“study”) was conducted to inform Ohio’s leaders who must decide whether to expand Medicaid eligibility to Ohio residents with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). We use two different approaches to estimate the health coverage, fiscal and economic effects of Medicaid expansion, but both approaches yield the same conclusions.
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Philanthropy Needs to "Lean In" Too

Publication date: 
03/2013
Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In, has sparked a national conversation on how women can make real and lasting progress toward professional equality. Citing a wealth of essential research on gender and gender roles, Sandberg advocates effectively that women take charge of what they can change themselves and more aggressively advance their own—and other women’s—opportunities in the workplace.

How Leading Philanthropists Fail Well

Publication date: 
02/2013
The philanthropic sector seems to be changing its tune about failure. While some, like former Hewlett Foundation President Paul Brest, have been encouraging philanthropists to talk about their failures (of grants, initiatives, or entire strategies) for years, only more recently has the sector more widely adopted the view that failure can be something positive—an indicator of a willingness to take risks, experiment, and adapt. A number of recent initiatives demonstrate this new outlook: the Case Foundation’s Be Fearless campaign, the Institute of Brilliant Failures Award for Best Learning Moment in international development, the Admitting Failure online community, and the FailFare conferences. All of these have launched in just the last three years.
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Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States

Publication date: 
02/2013
A sea change is underway in our nation’s approach to dealing with young people who get in trouble with the law. Although we still lead the industrialized world in the rate at which we lock up young people, the youth confinement rate in the United States is rapidly declining. In 2010 this rate reached a new 35-year low, with almost every state confining a smaller share of its youth population than a decade earlier.
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