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Organizing Helps Build Health Equity

Social support and connection are critical factors in improving health and other outcomes at the individual and community level. Greater Cleveland Congregations, through its well-honed organizing efforts, brings people together from across the lines of race, class, and religion for just such meaningful support and connection.

In one of its first efforts around social support and connections, we organized and led a powerful coalition of healthcare providers and advocates and communities seeking expanded access to Medicaid for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans. We led assemblies, lobbying, canvassing, voter registration, op-eds, letter writing and a ballot initiative in favor of Medicaid expansion.

The Ohio Controlling Board approved the expansion in October 2013, and the Ohio Supreme Court upheld the decision in December 2013. As of June 2018, approximately 663,000 Ohioans were enrolled in Medicaid expansion coverage.

We have built on this success in closing the health equity gap through our connecting and organizing of parents, teachers, and administrators in CMSD schools; adding new member institutions and leaders to our organizing efforts; and minimizing inappropriate incarceration due to mental health crises, a major focal of our criminal justice work. 

Successful organizing requires people and money.

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