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March 2016 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies


OACAA Newsletter - March 2016

Network News

Three Ohio CAAs awarded more than $1 million total for substance abuse services
Congratulations to CAA of Columbiana County, CAC of Pike County and Ironton-Lawrence CAO for their recent awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand substance abuse services.

"Ohio's community health centers are the front lines of the opioid crisis, so we must give these clinics the tools and resources they need to combat addiction in their communities," said Senator Sherrod Brown – read more.

Akron community groups receive $1.5 million for new programs to battle infant mortality
Four new projects aimed at curbing infant mortality in Akron - which has the highest rate in Ohio - will receive a little more than $1.5 million of new state funds over the next two years.

John McCarthy, director of the state's Medicaid program, and state Rep. Emilia Sykes announced the news Monday after working with community members since August to figure out new ways to combat the issue, which especially impacts the black community – read more.

CAC Early Childhood Program receives awards
The Community Action Committee (CAC) of Pike County Early Childhood Program has been awarded a five star Step Up To Quality rating for all five early learning locations in Pike County – read more.

Association Updates

Exemplary Programs Awards
OACAA recognizes one of the factors that makes Community Action unique, is our agencies' ability to create programs just as unique as the communities they serve.  Because of that, the Best Practices Committee chose to reevaluate the awards process to ensure it remained an accurate representation of our network.  The result was the development of two separate recognitions: Exemplary Programs and Best Practices.

Exemplary Programs Award Nominations are now being accepted until April 29, 2016 for program years 2014 and 2015. Please visit our website for more information, including forms and previous award winning programs.

Community Action Month Coming Soon!
Is your agency planning something special for Community Action Month in May?  Join the conversation in OACAA’s Community Action Month 2016 forum to share your ideas with the network…

Success Stories

LACCA helps customers meet their goals with Steps to Success
The Steps to Success Program at LACCA helps participants secure employment and meet career goals. In September 2015, Randy* was referred to LACCA's program in Auglaize County. He had difficulty securing a job that would allow him to care for his children and meet his child support commitments. Not only did he have the goal of quickly finding stable employment to better care for his family, but Randy also had aspirations to work for a specific employer-AAP St. Mary's Corp, a local automotive wheel manufacturer – read more.

Community Action in Ohio Blog – Latest Postings

The Community Action in Ohio blog shares some of the ways in which Ohio's CAAs have helped people in their community.

Governor Kasich helps Community Action keep children warm this winter

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OACAA Annual Summer Conference 2016 (#OH16ASC)
July 13-15 in Huron, OH

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