Advocates for Ohio’s Future
Advocates for Ohio’s Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of over 500 state and local health and human services policy, advocacy, and provider organizations that strive to strengthen families and communities through public funding for health, human services, and early care & education. We work to empower and support nonprofit organizations in the critical work they do, especially as it relates to lifting up the most vulnerable among us. We promote health and human service budget and policy solutions so that all Ohioans can live better lives.
The Center for Community Solutions is AOF’s fiscal agent, providing human resources and financial management.
AOF’s Policy Platform
Healthy Children & Families
Ensure that people of all ages have comprehensive health care coverage, without barriers or cuts, and can access required health services. Ensure public policy appropriately addresses the social determinants of health, in particular, food, clothing and shelter. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Our public policies will make Ohioans healthier and more competitive.
Ensure that people of all ages have a safe and affordable place to live, access to transportation, access to healthy food, and have access to essential services in their communities.
Pathways to Prosperity for All
Ensure that low-income Ohioans have the appropriate skills and support to be competitive in the new economy. This requires an investment in education from early on, job training, necessary work supports and programming for at-risk individuals to avoid involvement with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
Equity is a consideration in AOF’s position and should be a consideration of all policy proposals. Historically, laws and policies have institutionalized racism and bias against marginalized groups. AOF will continue to advocate for policies that provide necessary resources and services for at-risk populations, ensuring an individual’s well-being and success are not predictable by race, class, geography, language, gender, or other relevant social factors.
AOF’s 2021 Policy Priorities
Maintain Medicaid eligibility without barriers or cuts
- Make sure that Ohioans seeking health care and mental health and addiction treatment can continue to access vital services
Increase access and affordability of broadband
- Improve digital literacy in communities
Support the immediate, emergency needs of low-income children and families
- Investing in the core components of the TANF program will maintain access to emergency assistance, work supports (PRC), food, housing, income-support, and child care