Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM EST
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Ohio University Dublin Integrated Education Center 
6805 Bobcat Way
Dublin, OH 43016

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Thank you to HPIO’s core funders

The following core funders are advancing the health of Ohioans through informed policy decisions:

  • Interact for Health
  • Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation
  • Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland
  • The George Gund Foundation
  • The Cleveland Foundation
  • Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton
  • Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
  • United Way of Central Ohio
  • HealthPath Foundation of Ohio
  • Cardinal Health Foundation
  • Mercy Health
  • CareSource Foundation
  • North Canton Medical Foundation


Alana Clark-Kirk
Health Policy Institute of Ohio

What Works to Increase Self-Sufficient Employment

There is clear evidence that employment is an important determinant of health, and that jobs that pay sufficient wages and offer benefits contribute to better health. However, many Ohioans are not prepared for self-sufficient employment because they lack postsecondary credentials, as well as the financial resources and/or family and community support to attain them. For these adults, the journey to self-sufficiency often requires additional support from policies and programs implemented in the public and private sectors.

This forum will explore state policy strategies that can strengthen supports for Ohio learners and jobseekers, thereby increasing the likelihood that Ohioans with low incomes will find better employment opportunities and eventually become self-sufficient.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Assistant Dean for Baccalaureate Programs, The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Speakers Include:

  • Rachel GarfieldSenior Researcher and Associate Director, Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • James Tassie, Assistant Director, Ohio Department of Medicaid

Panelists Include:

  • Wendy Bowles, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Assistant Dean for Baccalaureate Programs, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
  • Rick Wegmann, Executive Director, Miami Valley Works
  • Jimmie Bruce, President, Eastern Gateway Community College
  • Tara Rohr, Nursing Instructor, Columbus State Community College
  • Tim Meister, Superintendent of Schools, Four County Career Center

Panel moderator:

*Karin VanZant, Executive Director, Life Services, CareSource
Lunch will be served (vegetarian options available)

Registration begins at 9:00 am, with program starting at 9:30 am

The general attendance fee is $65. For additional fee options, please see the registration page.

Attorney CLE credit: This course has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education and approved for 3.25 hours of CLE credit. 

Social work CEU credit: This course has been submitted to the National Association of Social Workers and approved for 3.25 hours of CEU credit.

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Registration closes Monday, December 10, 2018.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing to Alana Clark-Kirk (aclarkkirk@hpio.net). The last day to cancel registration for a full refund is one week prior to the event (Dec. 6, 2018). Refunds will not be issued for all cancellations received after Dec. 6, 2018. If you do not send us notification of cancellation prior to the event on Dec. 13, 2018 you will be required to remit the full amount of the registration fee. Those who do not remit payment will be required to pay in advance for any future events.

Note for State Employees and Legislators: Forum registration fee can be waived for all State of Ohio executive branch employees, legislators and staff. However, state employees, legislators and staff that are reportable persons should note that their attendance at the event is subject to JLEC disclosure if their forum registration fee is waived.

Reportable persons are required to file a financial disclosure form (FDS) with JLEC. If you are unsure whether or not you are reportable, please consult your legal counsel.