Investing in Ohio’s Future

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) and its 2,900 pediatricians and pediatricians in training enthusiastically applaud the release of Governor Mike DeWine’s first state budget and we are excited to see his investments in children.

This budget shows the Governor’s continued commitment to being a champion for children, notably already issuing several executive orders impacting kids and the creation of the Governor’s Children’s Initiative lead by Director LeeAnne Cornyn. The Governor has elevated the importance of investing in Ohio’s children across systems, departments and agencies with increased  investments in home visiting; foster care; lead poisoning screening, testing and reporting; Tobacco 21 policy to prohibit the purchase of tobacco products to those under age 21 and Medicaid funding for children’s wellness. Additionally, he has committed to fund a new program for babies born drug-dependent  and their mothers and to opening telehealth policies to allow for behavioral health services to be delivered to children and adolescents in school-based clinics.

Melissa Wervey Arnold, CEO of the Ohio AAP, stated “It is clear to the pediatric community in Ohio that this Governor has focused on kids since his campaign and continued that commitment today by aligning children’s priorities with the investment of funding to improve child health and wellness in Ohio. It is exciting to see the Governor’s dedication to the youngest and most vulnerable in our state; investing early to deliver life-long improved outcomes for these children and their families.”

The Ohio AAP leadership is committed to working with the legislature to see these key children’s health priorities stay in the House and Senate versions of the state budget.

Ohio AAP experts are combing through the budget document and will provide a summary of the budget’s impact on Ohio pediatricians and children. Ohio AAP leaders and Advocacy pillar staff will continue to meet with key cabinet staff to ensure that our programs and education is top of mind with the current administration. Stay tuned to our social media channels and for the latest news.

If you have any questions about the budget, please email Ohio AAP CEO, Melissa Wervey Arnold at