Join Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, Children's Defense Fund
on Thursday, June 15, 2017
to celebrate our Children's Defense Fund-Ohio Beat the Odds® Scholars.
The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio Beat the Odds® scholarship program honors
outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity,
demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. From more than 100 applications from across Ohio, five Ohio high school students will be honored. Each youth will receive a $5,000 college
scholarship, a laptop computer, an invitation to join CDF’s youth leadership
development programs, and our national CDF network.
Help us celebrate our future leaders and their stories of perseverance
and determination and be reminded that no one should ever give up on a child.
JOIN US - Tickets
and sponsorship information are available on our Beat
the Odds Event Page
ACA Replacement Bill Would Harm Ohio's Children
Republicans have released the American Health Care Act, their replacement bill
for the Affordable Care Act (click here to read the House Ways and
Means Committee’s 2 page summary). Children’s Defense
Fund-Ohio is concerned that proposed changes will reduce access to coverage and
care for vulnerable children and families in Ohio. The bill will make
coverage less accessible and affordable, benefits the wealthy and healthy at
the expense of those who are low income and sick, and makes deep cuts to
Medicaid that will harm Ohio children.
We urge you to contact your Congressional representative
today and voice your concerns about the
harmful impacts of this bill.
Breastfeeding – A Lifesaver for our Most Vulnerable
Determined to see all babies reach their first birthday, Children’s
Defense Fund-Ohio released a new policy brief on February 27th: Delivering Better Outcomes for Black Babies through
Breastfeeding along with the Delivering Better Outcomes Infographic. Nationwide,
Ohio ranks as the 45th worst state for infant mortality, and Ohio’s
Black infant mortality rate is among the worst in the country. Sadly, many Ohio counties are experiencing infant
mortality rates that are increasing. For
example, Franklin County’s current infant mortality rate rose
from 7.7 to 8.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. The brief uncovers the
benefits of breastfeeding on infant and maternal health and provides a robust
series of recommendations to support and increase the number of breastfeeding
mothers including covered home visits from lactation consultants, statewide
paid family leave, hospital requirements to promote breastfeeding starting in
the delivery room, and leveraging the Ohio Special Supplemental Nutrition
Program for Women, Infants and Children Nutrition (WIC) to better serve Black mothers.
Deepening our Work for Appalachian Children
Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio continues to
solidify a network of organizations and individuals to voice the needs and
share solutions to the challenges experienced by families in our Appalachian
region. As a follow up to the release of
our report, Ohio’s Appalachian Children at a
Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action, CDF-Ohio
held four community roundtables, bringing
together more than 160 people to share information, form new collaborations and
partnerships, and discuss priorities for improving the lives of children and
families in Ohio’s Appalachian region. We have surveyed our participants’
priorities and found issues like early childhood education and the opiate
crisis are at the top of the list. As the budget process unfolds in the Ohio
Legislature, we look forward to connecting to our Appalachian team to
collaborate on advocacy and develop solutions.