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Peer support: how ordinary Ohioans are helping others break mental health barriers

By Christopher Johnston

Christopher Johnston
PUB: Eye On Ohio
February 4, 2022

Four years ago, Rondye Brown reached “the darkest place” in his life. Feeling trapped in an endless cycle of crime, prison and substance abuse, Brown decided on what he believed to be his best solution.

Ahead of the Curve: Anisfield-Wolf Award Founder Championed Diversity a Century Ago

Christopher Johnston
PUB: ASJA Magazine

How Genetic Testing and Targeted Treatments Are Helping More Cancer Patients Survive

Christopher Johnston
February 18, 2022

Scientists are studying cancer genomes to more precisely diagnose their patients’ diseases – offering hope for targeted drug treatments.

Neighborhood Family Practice builds trust to vaccinate near west side’s marginalized communities

Christopher Johnston
PUB: The Land
December 21, 2021

Neighborhood Family Practice earned one of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic Latino Affairs’ Nuestra Familia Awards “for winning the trust of Latino families and building relationships that lead to better health outcomes” last month, crowning the local healthcare company’s consistent efforts to serve Cleveland’s marginalized communities.

Cleveland working to promote convenient access to healthy foods in neighborhoods

Christopher Johnston
PUB: The Land
February 22, 2022

In late January, Cleveland City Council unanimously approved restrictions on where new small-box retail stores can be located. To slow the proliferation of dollar stores, the recent legislation prohibits them from being built or opened within two miles of an existing discount store. 

A New Stem Cell Therapy Provides Hope to Patients with Blood Cancer

Christopher Johnston
June 11, 2021

Stacey Khoury felt more fatigued and out of breath than she was used to from just walking up the steps to her job in retail jewelry sales in Nashville, Tennessee. By the time she got home, she was more exhausted than usual, too.

The WWII-era scientist who revolutionized cancer research—despite the Nazis

Christopher Johnston
PUB: Johns Hopkins University
June 4, 2021

In his new book, ‘Ravenous,’ Johns Hopkins faculty member Sam Apple explains how Nobel laureate Otto Warburg’s once disregarded cancer metabolism research has undergone a major resurgence.

Ensure Honey Bee Health By Managing Healthy Colonies

Christopher Johnston
PUB: Honey Colony
May 27, 2020

Ridding bee colonies of Varroa mites is key, but keepers must take a holistic approach to maintain thriving hives. With colony collapse disorder (CCD) decimating significant numbers of hives every year, research scientists and beekeepers continue their search for solutions.

A day in the life of a Cleveland Food Bank truck driver during COVID-19

Christopher Johnston
PUB: The Land
June 4, 2020

Despite the fact his asthma designated him high-risk and he could have stayed home during the COVID-19 pandemic, John Daniel “JD” Aylward chose to continue driving a delivery truck for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank (GCFB).

Covid-19 and crime accelerate economic struggles in Mt. Pleasant neighborhood

Christopher Johnston
PUB: The Land
September 8, 2020

Bullet holes peppering the aluminum entrance to the Southern Café East hint at the sobering story of distress tormenting the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. Owner and Executive Chef Tony Fortner, who has invested in the community only to find his opportunity for success stymied by Covid-19, currently finds himself living a nightmare that’s far from finished.

Cleveland’s Salvation Army faces the challenges of rescuing sex trafficking survivors

Christopher Johnston
PUB: The Land
October 12, 2020

Since 2018, the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland has run a facility downtown dedicated to helping human trafficking victims. Yet now, although the residence remains full and there is an increase in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the unit is fighting to remain open for the long-term.

Fighting to open closed doors: how advocates stepped up efforts to help sex trafficking survivors in a world where hiding victims is easier than ever

Christopher Johnston
January 14, 2021

For women survivors of sex trafficking struggling to make ends meet, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an already desperate situation. Funding programs to support them have shifted to more urgent crisis funding— to house and feed the homeless, for example.

Featured: Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism | How has Ohio Stepped Up Measures to Combat Sexual Violence?

Christopher Johnston
PUB: Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism

For one Ohio trafficking victim, the opening of the accredited rape crisis center at the YWCA Dayton last year proved crucial to quelling her inner demons, which lingered long after the physical pain subsided.

Cover Story: The Christian Science Monitor: “Cleveland uses literature to empower youth, overcome social divides

Christopher Johnston
PUB: Christian Science Monitor

By welcoming and engaging its citizens from all corners through literature, the city is spawning discussions that could help it tackle tough social issues from homelessness to substance abuse. At a long conference table on the east side of Cleveland, Daniel Gray-Kontar listens closely as one of his students, a high school senior, starts to read her latest poem.

History Magazine: Prelude to Victory

Christopher Johnston
PUB: History Magazine

In December of 1944, Frederick C. Crawford, president of Thompson Products, Inc., an automotive and aviation parts manufacturer in Cleveland, stepped out of an airplane in Cherbourg, France.

Cover Story: The Christian Science Monitor | How Cleveland has become a leader in trying to eradicate human trafficking

Christopher Johnston
July 9, 2017

On a recent Friday night, when many women are spending time with their families or going to see a rom-com movie with friends, Renee Jones is doing something unconventional. She’s driving around Cleveland’s seedier neighborhoods, visiting some of this city’s most notorious strip clubs.

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Cover Story: The Christian Science Monitor | CSI Cleveland: How the city is curbing sexual violence

Christopher Johnston
PUB: The Christian Science Monitor
February 21, 2016

Registered nurse Elizabeth Boothis was haunted by one rape victim: petite, late 20s, clad in jeans and a sweatshirt. Sitting alone, crying, nose running, with a hollow look on her face as she twirled the long blond hair coursing down her back, while waiting in the perpetually frenetic emergency room of MetroHealth Medical Center on Cleveland’s Near West Side.

Scientific American | High-Pressure Hybrids: Fuel-Efficient Hydraulic Vehicles Come of Age

Christopher Johnston
August 11, 2010

Thanks to hybrid hydraulics, there is something especially awesome in the power of the next generation of garbage and delivery trucks that will soon be rolling through your neighborhood. | The Cleveland High School Shooting: Portrait of the Suspect as Teenager

Christopher Johnston
PUB: Time

In hindsight, the poem on T.J. Lane’s Facebook page was an apparent omen. But before this week, it had all the originality of every adolescent’s angry angst. A touch of goth. A dollop of rebellion. An obsession with mortality. It ends with these lines: “Feel death, not just mocking you. Not just stalking you but inside of you…”

Northern Ohio Live | Disarming the Bomb in Hunter’s Head

Christopher Johnston
PUB: Northern Ohio Live
Sep 1, 1999

Fortunately, the tiny bomb lurking in Hunter Severns’ head has not escaped detection. Diagnostic scans on two light screens on the operating room wall reveal its shadowy outlines insinuating throughout his brain, stealing blood from its rightful recipients…

Cleveland Tab | Letter from Israel

Christopher Johnston
PUB: Cleveland Tab

Until a few months ago, Dror Moredechi, a grocery store owner outside of Beit She’an, Israel, probably never thought he would feel closer to people from Cleveland than to some of his own relative; But that changed after June 19, 2003…