Groundwork Ohio Launches Innovative Center for Family Voice



Groundwork Ohio Launches Innovative Center for Family Voice with New Investment by MolinaCares Accord

Columbus, Ohio: Groundwork Ohio today announced a historic investment by MolinaCares Accord to build a “center of excellence” dedicated to authentically engaging Ohio parents and families in the policies and practices that impact the healthy development of their children. The Center for Family Voice (“Center”) will explore best practices across the state and nation that successfully engage families in public services delivery to inform state, local, and programmatic policy development. Using its findings, the Center will work with local partners across Ohio to implement unique engagement models that meet the diverse needs of local communities. Ultimately, the center will drive programmatic, policy, and practice changes at local, regional, and state levels by integrating the family voice into the decision-making process of Ohio’s family-serving systems. The Center for Healthcare Strategies, nationally known for its expertise in advancing innovations in health care delivery for low-income Americans, will be providing technical support to the Center in the developmental stages of the project.


Despite increased attention on the persistent gaps that exist in the health and educational outcomes of Ohio’s pregnant women and young children, Ohio is failing to move the dial on any measure. Recent research underscores that the failure to include the feedback from the people most directly impacted by policy in an authentic way contributes to poor policy outcomes. The Center builds on this growing body of research as well as the learnings from Groundwork’s landmark Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity Report in 2018 and its most recent 2020 follow-up report, Drafting a New Blueprint for Success: Reflections on Ohio Early Childhood Race & Rural Equity.


“Notwithstanding well-intentioned efforts, the stark health and educational disparities that persist among people of color, people living in poverty, and people living in Ohio’s rural Appalachian region make it clear that more needs to be done,” said Shannon Jones, Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio. “The Center for Family Voice will empower families to drive change and improve the healthy development of Ohio’s young children.”


“We are thrilled to support Groundwork Ohio to launch the Center for Family Voice,” said Ami Cole, plan president of Molina Healthcare of Ohio. “Ensuring we have authentic insights from Ohio families about health care and social service delivery models is critical to understanding what changes are needed to remedy health inequities and help families thrive.”


“We know that the MolinaCares Accord Foundation shares our deep commitment to equity and are grateful for their enthusiastic support of our vision to authentically engage with families in the policymaking process,” added Jones.


The Center for Family Voice is starting research on best practices of organizations nationwide and across Ohio. Implementing these engagement models will begin later in the year and will span across issues that impact young children and their families.


More details about Groundwork’s policy priorities are available here.


About Groundwork Ohio

Groundwork Ohio is a committed, nonpartisan public-policy research and advocacy organization formed in 2004 that champions high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies from the prenatal period to age five, that lay a strong foundation for Ohio kids, families and communities. Learn more about Groundwork Ohio at groundworkohio.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.



About Molina Healthcare of Ohio

Since 2005, Molina Healthcare of Ohio has been providing government-funded, quality health care to low-income individuals. As of September 30, 2020, the company serves approximately 348,000 members through Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare-Medicaid (Duals) and Health Insurance Exchange programs across the state. To learn more, visit MolinaHealthcare.com.


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