2022 Community Conversations

Raising Our Voices

Join United Way of Greater Cleveland for a virtual five-month long series of Community Conversations that provide a forum for information and dialogue on issues affecting members of our community. Our goal is to raise awareness and support of programs and initiatives that provide equitable opportunities for all members of our community.

The 2022 series builds upon our 2021 Consent Decree Series by addressing key issues and concerns raised by community members during the 2021 series that have impacted the Greater Cleveland area. These areas include guaranteeing equitable access to high quality education and health and mental health services, addressing systemic racism in the community, and ensuring community voices and needs are heard through voting and civic engagement.

This virtual series is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Session:

May 19, 2022 l 6:00 - 7:15pm
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health and Substance Use, Access to Care, and Treatment

The COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on the mental health and well-being of communities across the country, including Ohio. Moreover, the pandemic exposed the preexisting disparities in access to behavioral health care services, especially in underserved communities, but also presented new opportunities in delivering behavioral health services, particularly with the expansion of telehealth regulations both at the federal and state levels.

A panel of experts will discuss COVID’s impact on community mental health and substance use, service delivery opportunities and barriers, and long-term programmatic and policy strategies at the local and state levels to adequately address the ongoing behavioral health needs of members of our communities.

Our May Conversation Leaders:

Marlene Harris-Taylor, Managing Producer, Health Team, WVIZ PBS & WKSU NPR

  • Lovell Custard, President and CEO, Murtis Taylor Human Services System
  • Archie Green, Founder and CEO, Peel Dem Layers Back
  • Scott Osiecki, Chief Executive Officer, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
  • Brittain Paul, Chief Operating Officer, Ravenwood Health
The Conversation

February 9, 2022

Our February conversation focused on the continued impact the ongoing pandemic is having on the education of children in Northeast Ohio. As new COVID-19 variants emerge, urban and rural communities still face challenges in providing adequate, accessible, and appropriate learning opportunities for students and their families.

Our panel of education experts discussed the challenges with remote learning, social isolation, hybrids, family stress, and workforce shortages that continue to impact children’s educational outcomes.

The Participants

Thank You to our Signature Sponsor


This 5-month virtual event series is complimentary and open to the public. The 2022 initiative is part of United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Public Policy Agenda to advocate, convene and support issues that impact Greater Cleveland. The series is possible through partnership with The City Club of Cleveland

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