Getting Care to Children & Families: School-Based, Community-Connected Healthy
January 27, 2022
By Kelly Vyzral, Senior Health Policy Associate
All children deserve to be healthy and get the care they need to thrive throughout childhood and as they transition to adulthood. However, many Ohio families and children have suffered hardships throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and the extent to which many continue to shoulder the burdens, losses, and traumas of the public health crisis often depend on their zip code, race, gender, and ability to access resources to support their financial wellbeing and health care needs.
According to a 2021 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic downturn has disproportionately affected people of color, young adults, women, parents of young children, and low-income workers.1 This pandemic has layered a public health crisis on top of a health care system that was already overburdened and inaccessible for many families and children. Download full issue brief here.