Public Policy Institute Focuses on Children

OPHA’s Public Policy Institute will this year focus on Children and Health Equity. It will be held on April 3rd as a half-day webinar to recognize geographic diversity and limited budgets. It will as always feature dynamic speakers representing the wide spectrum of diverse and pressing issues of the day for public health in Ohio. Registration details can be found HERE.

Theme: Current State of Children and Health Equity in Ohio Focusing on Vulnerable Populations

Confirmed Presenters and topics:

Kathleen Gmeiner, JD, MHSA – The first 1,000 days of life – looking at what is going well and what needs to be done to assure that we in Ohio are optimizing the sensitive growth period of children from zero to three

Kathleen is the Senior Health Policy Associate at Voices for Ohio’s Children, a position she has held since October 2017. Between 2009 and 2017 Kathleen was the UHCAN Ohio Project Director for Ohio Consumers for Health Coalition. Kathleen is also a consultant with Voice Ohio. Kathleen served as a consumer representative at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners from 2012 through 2015. Kathleen holds a Master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati. 

Lynanne Gutierrez (Wolf), Esq. – Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity – Children who start behind, usually stay behind. Regardless of which metric you choose to examine, kids who have poor outcomes in one metric share the same profile of the kids who have poor outcomes in another. The data is extremely predictive in the earliest years due to the critical period of brain development that happens in a child’s first five years of life. Additionally, research is clear that certain metrics are predictive of future child outcomes.

 Lynanne is Policy Director & Legal Counsel and supports Groundwork Ohio’s statewide effort to advance quality early care and education by increasing the quality of and access to evidence based interventions that support the healthy development of young children and position them for lifelong success. Lynanne leads the Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity project, Groundwork’s ongoing commitment to eliminate racial disparities in Ohio’s early childhood system.

Groundwork Ohio is a committed, nonpartisan public-policy research and advocacy
organization formed in 2004 that advances quality early learning and development as
the most transformative strategy to improve school outcomes, increase the life-long
success of Ohio’s children, and lay a strong foundation for economic prosperity in Ohio.

Other presenters will be announced as they are confirmed but include experts in early childhood oral health issues.