Immigrant and Refugee Assistance

Support for programs and services such as the United States Refugee Resettlement Program. Support and protection for all refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced persons. Inclusive workforce policies to aid in economic advancement.

Socioeconomic Advancement

Increased funding for the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. Local fair housing and zoning policies that increase access to affordable housing. Increased funding for public transportation through initiatives such as Smart Columbus.

Diversity and Inclusion

Workforce pipeline programs and the utilization of inclusive recruitment tools such as Hiring Ohioans with Disabilities: A Toolkit for Employers, Managers and Human Resource Professionals. Anti-discrimination and equal employment policies such as GovernorDeWine’sAnti- Discrimination Policy in State Government. Pay equity initiatives such as TheColumbus Commitment.

Access to Quality Health Services

Support and preservation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act(ACA). Policy requiring health professionals to receive training and education related to cultural competence in order to renew Ohio licensure. Reduction of health disparities through increased funding to address social determinants of health.

Language Access

Affordable linguistic and deaf/hard of hearing interpreter services, primarily within the legal and medical fields. Increased funding to train and adequately compensate qualified, competent interpreters. Educational opportunities for translation and interpretation techniques.