Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio is hosting four Appalachian Community Roundtables in the southern Ohio region. The first was Friday, Sept. 23, at the Athens Community Center. The featured best practice was the Maternal Opiate Medical Supports (M.O.M.S.) project. The speakers were from Ohio’s only Appalachian M.O.M.S. site, Health Recovery Services, Inc. in Athens.
Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio launched the effort on May 4 with the release of a comprehensive report, Ohio’s Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action, at a press. The report covers a wide range of topics including demographics, economic stability, birth and babies, early childhood education, primary and secondary education, child health, and food insecurity. The report overview is the same at all four roundtables. In addition, each location will feature a different topic chosen to highlight a local “best practice.” Guest speakers or panels will present the local topic.
On Friday, Oct. 7, the roundtable will be held at the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County in Lisbon. Early Childhood Eduction will be the focus.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the roundtable theme will be two generation strategies and will be held at the Highland County Community Action in Hillsboro.
On Thursday, Oct. 20, the roundtable will take place on the campus of Shawnee State University. The focus will be on higher education/broadband initiatives.
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