Posted on 10/03/22 by Will Petrik (he/him) in Health & Health Equity
Today, many public health experts and advocates are tackling the “social determinants of health” in response to a growing body of research that show how a person’s environment, housing, family life, race and income all play a role in shaping their well-being and health outcomes. Ron Browder, a native of rural central Alabama, however, didn’t need peer reviewed journals or long-term studies to know that was true. He and his brother were raised by their grandmother and aunt after his mother moved to New York for work. She later returned and relocated with her sons to Columbus, Ohio. Friends and... read more
Posted on 03/24/22 by Will Petrik (he/him) in Democracy & Government
Former State Senator Ray Miller’s interest in media and Black newspapers started at an early age. He remembers his family moving to Columbus and all the kids in the neighborhood asking if he wanted to... read more
Posted on 03/14/22 by Will Petrik (he/him) in Revenue & Budget
By Will Petrik of Policy Matters Ohio and Katherine Ungar, J.D. with Children's Defense Fund of Ohio
All of us, no matter what we look like or where we live, deserve to thrive and pursue... read more
Posted on 01/20/22 by Will Petrik (he/him) in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
What’s at stake for families as the monthly child tax credit payment ends
As we start the new year, parents are planning for the future and working hard to provide their kids a great quality of... read more
Posted on 11/08/21 by Will Petrik (he/him) in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Let’s make sure all children get the expanded child tax credit.
The expanded child tax credit is already giving children the opportunity for a brighter future, relieving families of stress, and putting more money in families’... read more
Posted on 09/29/21 by Will Petrik (he/him) in Revenue & Budget
All children, no matter where they live or what they look like, deserve to grow up in a stable home where they can thrive. In too many families, parents and guardians have been laid off... read more
Posted on 08/04/21 by Will Petrik (he/him) in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
All children and families, no matter where they live or what they look like, deserve stability, security, and basic human dignity. But for decades, certain state and federal lawmakers have prioritized tax giveaways for the... read more
Posted on 06/07/21 by Will Petrik (he/him) in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Amelia Robinson of the Columbus Dispatch points out that important facts are being left out of the public discussion about Ma’Khia Bryant’s death. Policy Matters Ohio agrees.
Here are some of the facts.
Ma’Khia was in foster... read more