Appalachian Children Coalition

No child should be made to suffer in silence.


Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of our region's children. Through collective advocacy and strategic investments, we aim for a future where every child has access to the care that they require at home, in school, and in their communities. 

Where you live should not determine how you are treated.

And yet for children born in Appalachian Ohio, access to physical, mental and behavioral health treatment is hard to come by. From broadband gaps to health worker shortages, Southeast Ohio falls far short of the State of Ohio average on every measure of health and well-being. In fact, if the Appalachian counties of Ohio were combined into a separate state, it would be the second-most economically distressed state in the country.

The Appalachian Children Coalition is an alliance of mental health and education professionals from Southeast Ohio seeking public and private solutions to our region's most acute needs. Because every child deserves equal access to support services to help them grow into happy, productive adults. 

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The mission of the Appalachian Children Coalition is to bring Southeastern Ohio together behind a collective approach to state and federal advocacy, communication, and collaboration in order to improve the health and well-being of our region’s children.


The Appalachian Children Coalition envisions a future where every child has access to the care that they require at home, in school, and in their communities.

Informed by research from the Children’s Defense Fund, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, and the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development, our goal is to take the next step: to move from theory to practice in order to better address the needs of rural, Appalachian youth. 


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Help make a difference

According to studies by regional and state experts,

about 1,000,000 Ohioans

live without internet access.

Having access to the internet is a crucial necessity in our lives in 2021. Inaccessibility to the internet has been a lasting issue in the Appalachian region for years. This includes but is not limited too, access to information, jobs, and telehealth resources. These challenges all significantly increased with the impacts of COVID-19.

Read more and watch our Board Member, Robin Burrow, speak on a panel with the Columbus Metropolitan Club about Bridging the Digital Divide. 

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Coalition Membership

The Coalition includes K-12 education and mental health providers that serve 24 counties, all of which fall in the footprint of Appalachian Ohio. According to the U.S. Census data, this includes about 207,000 children in those counties, and at least 135,000 children enrolled in 96 school districts across those counties. 

If you are the leader of an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of Appalachian youth, join our coalition. We need your support and your voice.

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Our Goals and Commitments.

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See Who's Joined Our Cause

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Issues of Top Concern

To donate to the Appalachian Children Coalition, and

to support our mission, please address checks to:

Appalachian Children Coalition 

Please mail checks to:

Appalachian Children Coalition

5 Depot Street

Athens Ohio 45701


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