Improving the Odds for Children
Ebi Reyes, Emily Wilcox, Renuka Mayadev, Executive
Director CDF-Ohio, Darrius McLean, Linda Ransom and Journae' Morris
Five Extraordinary Ohio High School Students and a Children’s Champion
On Thursday, May 19, more than 200
supporters filled the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Columbus to honor five
outstanding high school seniors at the 2016 Beat the Odds® Awards Ceremony. Darrius
McLean, Columbus (Walnut Ridge High School), Journae’ Morris,
Garfield Heights (Garfield Heights High School), Linda Ransom, Columbus (Eastmoor
Academy), Ebi Reyes, Dayton (Stivers School for the Arts), and Emily
Wilcox, Ironton (Dawson Bryant High School) have overcome tremendous
adversity to achieve academically and give back to their communities. Hear the stories of our Beat the Odds winners.
receives a $5,000 scholarship, a laptop computer, and event attire, thanks to
the generosity of the Beat the Odds scholarship program supporters.
Champion, Rachel Bloomekatz, was recognized as well for her tireless work
improving the odds for all of our children through legal strategy and
defending their rights. Most recently, she protected the voting
rights of our Ohio youth to participate in November’s election.
Join us in
congratulating our 2016 Beat the Odds honorees as they prepare for college and
Improvement Seen Over 15 Years for Children in Ohio's Appalachian Region
new report by CDF-Ohio paints a troubling picture of the health and well-being
of the children in Appalachia Ohio. Ohio's
Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action comes 15 years after CDF-Ohio's groundbreaking original report on Ohio's Appalachian children. The new
report notes some positive change, but overall finds a stark contrast in the
well-being of the Appalachian children compared to those in the rest of the
state and much of the nation. Many health problems actually have worsened
or newly emerged since the first report in 2001, and the percentage of children
living in poverty in the region has increased. The report provides specific,
actionable recommendations to improve the lives of children and the region
Over the coming
months, CDF-Ohio and our regional partners will take Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads:
A Roadmap for Action on the
road. Stay tuned for regional forum
dates to learn more about the report and to share best practices to support
Appalachian children and families.
CDF-Ohio staff, Ohio House Representatives Ryan Smith (93rd District, R-Bidwell) and Debbie Phillips (94th District, D-Albany), and regional partners at a May 4 press conference at the Ohio Statehouse.
Overall Well-Being of
Ohio Children Drops Compared to Other States
The national 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book released this week reveals what
we know in Ohio--all of our children’s basic needs are not being met. Ohio’s
rank in child well-being slipped to 26, the first time it has ranked in the
bottom half of states since 2012. The national 2016 Data Book compares measures of child well-being
state-by-state in four domains:
economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
is good news to report. Despite growing up in the midst of challenging economic
times, the Data
Book finds that young people are positioning themselves for future success
by meeting critical milestones. Nationally and in Ohio, the teen birth rate and the percentage of teens
abusing alcohol and drugs have both fallen. We also see record lows in the percentage of teens
not graduating on time. These improvements have occurred despite persistent poverty,
skyrocketing higher education costs, and a lack of good-paying jobs. We must hold
up our end of the bargain and do more to ensure this generation of teens can
fulfill its potential.
Ohio Department of Medicaid Allocates Funding in
Nine Ohio Communities to Combat Infant Mortality
Ohio continues to take positive steps in
reducing infant mortality. The last state budget allocated $26.8 million over
two years to be spent on community-specific initiatives across the state.
Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of Medicaid announced the awarding of
those funds to nine communities, including Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and
Toledo. Columbus, for example, was awarded $2.3 million to support five projects
that would provide a range of services to combat infant mortality, such as
prenatal care, maternal health care education programs, and treatment sessions
for pregnant women addicted to drugs.
The state is also taking legislative action. In March, four members of the Ohio
General Assembly released a report
from the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality with recommendations to combat
infant mortality. Many of those recommendations are included in the recently
introduced Senate Bill 332, which is currently before the Senate Health and
Human Services Committee.
Truancy and School Discipline Legislation Passes Ohio House
CDF-Ohio has continued working to implement common sense
reforms on truancy and school discipline to keep children in school. In May,
the Ohio House overwhelmingly passed House Bill 410 with a vote of 92-1. The
Ohio Senate’s Education Committee has already held two hearings on the bill,
and consideration by the Ohio Senate will resume after the summer recess.
Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio in the News
For student, homeless was not hopeless
June 4, 2016, The Columbus Dispatch
Stivers student beats odds, wins state award
May 19, 2016, Dayton Daily News
May 19, 2016, Ironton Tribune
Report: Ohio's Appalachian children face continued struggles
May 5, 2016, Public News Service Ohio
Report: In Appalachian Ohio, kids falling farther behind
May 4, 2016, Cincinnati Enquirer
Report: 10 percent of Ohio children have a parent in prison, and they need more support
April 25, 2016, The Columbus Dispatch
End Summer Child Hunger Now!
April 15, 2016, The Huffington Post