Doing my part to help advance the policies I research and present on the podcast, I presented proponent testimony on 11/13/19 in favor of Ohio HB 11.  That bill provides grant funding to address the upfront costs of starting CenteringPregnacy programs in Ohio.  This will be a good first step in favor of broader implementation of CenteringPregnancy in Ohio.

If you have similar bills coming up in your state, feel free to use this information to advocate for healthier children, reduced racial disparities in preterm birth rates, and less needless medical spending in your state.  Together we can improve our states one issue at a time.

If you’ve never spoken to you legislature before, you can:

— Look up your state legislature’s website for information

— Contact your state representative(s) to learn how to get involved

— OR contact the representatives sponsoring the bill, let them know you would like to speak on behalf of their bill, and  ask them how.  (They will generally welcome the support, and their staffers can walk you through the process)

 

If you are curious for an example, you can find a written version of my statements here –> http://search-prod.lis.state.oh.us/cm_pub_api/api/unwrap/chamber/133rd_ga/ready_for_publication/committee_docs/cmte_s_health_1/testimony/cmte_s_health_1_2019-11-13-0330_1021/hb11cahoon.pdf

UPDATE – the new trailer is out.  We are doing Shared Equity Housing for our next podcast episode.  It’s our chance to learn more about this little known method for creating affordable housing, increasing black home ownership (currently at the same levels as when housing discrimination was legal in the 60’s), and empowering lower income citizens to build wealth through equity.  If you are curious to see how splitting the equity in a property can empower people and address social problems, make sure you tune in for our next episode of Emerging State Policy.

Shared Equity Housing  OR  Ranked Choice Voting

We are busily working on our upcoming, December episode.  Right now we are looking into: 

Home Ownership Policy – specifically, at Shared Equity Housing models and their power to provide affordable home ownership and, in some cases, to expand wealth building options for lower income citizens.  These styles of home ownership split the ownership between two parties (often a government or bank on one side, and the home owner on the other) with both having a stake in the gains (if home values rise) or losses (if values fall).  This enables people to access more expensive properties with less resources and keep the payments affordable.  An interesting prospect.

Voting Policy – specifically, at Ranked Choice Voting, which encourages multiple candidates to run in elections and reduces the barriers for voters to vote their preference or conscience as no vote is “wasted.”  Through this process, if nobody is the outright winner in a race, the lowest scoring candidate (by vote total) is eliminated and those votes are reassigned to those voters’ second choice candidates.  This process continues until a candidate has an outright majority.  This policy also has the effect of encouraging minority and less well-known candidates to enter elections, since a persuasive campaign can win an election without the risk of undermining either party’s candidate if the lesser know candidate doesn’t win.  Meaningful choices for a more open and engaging political process.

If either of these topic particularly catches your imagination and leaves you wanting to know more, feel free to let us know.  See you in December.