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OhioGuidestone, IFCI Support HHS Levy Issue 33

Each day at OhioGuidestone, we witness the incredible impact that health and social services can have on the lives of...
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VOCA Cuts Present Threat to Services for Victims of Crime and Trauma

Recent federal funding cuts are resulting in reductions in services across the state to victims of crime, including individuals who...
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IFCI and OhioGuidestone Gear Up for 2020 Census Outreach

Efforts are underway at OhioGuidestone and the Institute of Family and Community Impact (IFCI) to prepare the individuals we serve for the 2020...
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IFCI Agrees with the CDC: Childhood Trauma Is a Public Health Issue

Behavioral health providers and public health advocates have long known that adverse early experiences can result in negative health outcomes. Last...
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Management Care Re-Procurement Presents Opportunities for Service Enhancement and Innovation: OhioGuidestone’s Managed Care RFI Response

The Institute of Family and Community Impact (IFCI) is an initiative connected to OhioGuidestone. Founded in 1864 as the German Methodist Orphan Asylum,...
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SNAP Loss Can Interfere with Path to Wellness and Self-Sufficiency

A recent wave of policy modifications related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may amplify the challenges working poor families face...
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IFCI Statement on Recently Released Poverty Data from the U.S. Census Bureau

Cleveland is the worst in child poverty among large cities, according to recently released data by the U.S. Census Bureau. “This...
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Insurance Drops Pose Significant Barrier to Critical Mental Health Care

For the first time in a decade, the number of individuals without health insurance has increased, as recently released data...
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Addressing & Preventing Childhood Toxic Stress in Ohio

Toxic stress occurs as a response to prolonged, adverse experiences without adequate adult support that impairs brain development and functioning. The 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health found that as many as 1 in 7 Ohio children had experienced three or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), higher than the national average. Childhood adversity often leads to toxic stress, which has multifaceted deleterious implications across a lifespan; however all hope is not lost. Children’s brains are highly susceptible to negative experiences, but are also strongly impacted by positive experiences as well, leaving opportunities to build adequate defenses against toxic stress.