Ohio's Appalachian Children Community Roundtables


Come join us in a conversation at a community roundtable this September and October!

Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties stretch from the shoreline of Lake Erie (Ashtabula County) to the hills of Belmont and Monroe counties and then wind west to the suburbs of Cincinnati (Clermont County). The families of Appalachian Ohio are steeped in a timeless tradition. Long held values of hard work, self-sufficiency, and close-knit families have provided a foundation for strong communities.

It is a critical time for Appalachian Ohio. On May 4, 2016 we continued our commitment to the region by releasing an updated report—Ohio’s Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action—on the status of our region’s children. There is much work to do. Together with our regional partners, we are committed to move forward a campaign for action. We know with the right public and private partnerships and investments the region can seize the opportunities and surmount the challenges.  

We ask you to come join us at the four regional roundtables in Appalachian Ohio this autumn. At each meeting, a Report overview and a regional best practice that has proven success for Appalachian children and families will be shared. Let’s commit to sharing what we know works and sharing solutions across county lines. 

All four regional community roundtables will take place from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. There is no registration fee and lunch will be served.

Select a date and location below for details and to RSVP:

RSVP today and be part of the conversation!

Please help support the work for Appalachian children and families. Sponsorship opportunities are available. We thank the following for their generous support for the Community Roundtables:


Data and resources

Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action

It is a critical time for Appalachian Ohio. CDF-Ohio continues its long commitment to this region by presenting this report, Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action. The report provides a current snapshot of the well-being of children in Ohio’s Appalachian region, identifies and prioritizes current needs and makes long-term recommendations for policy, outreach, community action, and regional focus.

May 4, 2016

Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads Fact Sheet

Fact sheet with data highlights and recommendations from Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action.

May 4, 2016

Health Disparities Are Leaving Ohio's Rural Children Behind

Ohio's rural children face unique challenges arising from high levels of poverty in Appalachian counties and growing poverty rates in non-Appalachian rural counties. The health disparities that impact Ohio's rural children need urgent attention, and require unique solutions. This issue brief examines the health disparities impacting Ohio's rural children and makes recommendations so that Ohio policymakers can better address their needs.

August 1, 2014

Ohio's Appalachian Children

In 2001, CDF-Ohio published a report on the well-being of Ohio's Appalachian children, one of the first of its kind to report on children in that specific region in Ohio.

January 31, 2001

Ohio's Appalachian Children Data Tables

Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: Data Tables