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Groundwork Welcomes New Policy Associate Julia Jackels

This week, the Groundwork staff was thrilled to welcome the newest addition to our team--Julia Jackels! Julia joins Groundwork as our newest Policy Associate to support the development and implementation of Groundwork’s policy agenda, priorities and strategies through effective communication, advocacy, research, and data analysis.

Julia holds a B.A. in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. During her time at Miami, Julia served as an intern in the District Office of Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner. Most recently, Julia served as the Legislative Assistant to the Government Relations team at Roetzel & Andress where she provided legislative support on state-level issues impacting clients.

We hope you'll join us in welcoming Julia to the Groundwork team!


Groundwork Ohio Announces Fall Webinar Series on Early Childhood Mental Health

Groundwork is excited to announce a new webinar series focused on Early Childhood Mental Health. Understanding early childhood mental health is key to preventing and treating the mental health problems of very young children and their families. It also helps guide the development of healthy social and emotional behaviors. Join for this webinar series learn more about early childhood mental health and expand your knowledge of your role in elevating this critical work!

The first webinar of the series, "Ohio Early Childhood Mental Health: What do developmental milestones tell us?" by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), will be held on September 19, 2019 from 1-2 PM.

The second webinar, "Ohio Early Childhood Mental Health: A Policy Overview," will be held September 26 from 1-2 PM with presenter Cindy Oser.

Stay tuned for more opportunities to engage and learn about Early Childhood Mental Health from Groundwork Ohio!


Ohio Benefits Releases New Early Childhood Services Eligibility Self-Assessment

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) in partnership with Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), Ohio Department of Education (ODE), and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) have designed and developed an Early Childhood Services Eligibility Self-Assessment tool. The tool, which consists of a brief survey, lets parents know which early childhood services they are likely eligible for and provides direct links to more information and referral opportunities.

We hope you will share this new tool with families as a great first step in understanding what resources are available to best support early learning and healthy development for their young children.

Simply copy and paste the following URL in your browser to access the tool:

Note: If you share the webpage as a hyperlink, it will come up with an error message--be sure to instruct families to copy and paste the link to access the site.


Registration Open For Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit​

Registration for Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit is now open. The Summit is free and open to adults across the state who touch the lives of children, such as parents, coaches, school personnel, counselors, and health care professionals. Attendees will learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of trauma in children and tangible strategies to address it from experts in mental health, health care education, and other fields.

The summit will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Sinclair Conference Center in Dayton.


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