Governor DeWine Delivers State of the State Address with Focus on Child Health

“Kids have only one chance to grow up, so we must have a great sense of urgency, as every moment we waste is a moment they lose.” – Governor Mike DeWine

Earlier today, Governor Mike DeWine delivered his State of the State address, with a concentrated focus on the health and wellbeing of Ohio’s infants and youth. Highlights from the 2024 address, include:

  • Childcare Choice Voucher Program to create more affordable and accessible childcare access.
  • Outcomes Acceleration for Kids Learning Network – a partnership between Ohio Medicaid, Ohio Children’s Hospitals and Medicaid Managed Care plans to enhance how care is delivered and coordinated.
  • Family Connects – a pilot program addressing infant mortality through safe sleep and premature births.
  • And many other prominent child health topics:
    • Mental health access
    • Primary healthcare access in schools
    • Comprehensive vision screening
    • Gun violence
    • Flavored tobacco ban for youth and more!

To read more about Governor DeWine’s full address and watch the full address, visit

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