Each day around 2 p.m., Ohioans have been fortunate to receive updates from Governor DeWine, Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, and many other leaders in Ohio regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.   These daily briefings can be watched live on the Ohio Channel, Ohio Public TV (PBS stations), and other Columbus-based outlets.…

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We are excited to announce the first panel of the day at the 2020 Impact Ohio Post Primary Election Conference. The conference will take place on Monday, March 23 from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at The Athletic Club of Columbus. “Election 2020: A Look at National Politics” will take place from 12:10 p.m.-1:10 p.m. During this…

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On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted attended and spoke at the 12th annual Choose Ohio First Scholar Showcase.  Lt. Governor Husted created the Choose Ohio First Scholarship in 2008 while he was Speaker of the Ohio House for students pursuing higher education in the science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) fields. …

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Ohio has not exercised its legal right to capital punishment in nearly 19 months, sparking a statewide conversation about the necessity of the death penalty. In early 2019, a federal judge ruled unconstitutional the three drug combination used to carry out executions in Ohio. Witnesses testified that the lethal injection drugs evoked a painful drowning…

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The “Midwest Connect” route is one of 10 final proposals that Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) is considering for the first hyperloop track in the U.S.  The route would pass through Columbus, connecting Pittsburgh to Chicago.  VHO sent letters to every governor in the country to initiate the official Request for Proposal (RFP) process for a…

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The Educational Choice Scholarship Program, or EdChoice, provides a maximum of 60,000 scholarships, also known as vouchers, for students to attend participating private schools.  Students must meet eligibility requirements in order to receive a voucher. There are two ways in which a student can qualify for a voucher.  The program began in 2005, and eligibility…

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A movement towards appropriate and effective medication assisted treatment (MAT) is growing in the fight against opioid use disorder in Ohio. Wholistic substance use disorder recovery has many components; mental health treatment, outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment, primary/chronic condition care services, behavioral therapy, and/or other wrap-around services. Rounding out this list of services is MAT. MAT…

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On December 24, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to authorize the resettlement of refugees in Ohio. This followed President Donald Trump’s executive order mandating state and local governments submit written consent to opt-in to refugee resettlement in their communities. Roughly 1,400 refugees were relocated to Ohio…

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In recognition of our panelists and speakers, Impact Ohio makes a charitable donation in lieu of personal tokens of appreciation. This year’s donation is to Ohio YMCA Youth & Government.  Ohio YMCA Youth & Government is a three-day learning conference in which students participate directly in a simulation of the democratic process. YG offers students the…

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