According to a press release, only one in three children in Montgomery County start kindergarten on track, 10,769 children were placed under foster care in 2016 (25 percent of these cases stemming from parental substance abuse factors) and Ohio's infant mortality rate is 7.13 deaths per 1,000 live births, higher than the national average of 5.9.
Feldman said these are issues each candidate must be aware of, and must make a top priority.
"We believe it begins with addressing those child health issues that really are beyond the walls sometimes of our hospitals," Feldman said.
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Feldman also plans to ask each candidate how they will address rising health care costs, coverage gaps and continuity of care.
“What are their strategies they will address to the state? How do we ensure there are no gaps in care? What about child poverty,” said Feldman. “How can we ensure poverty doesn’t determine a child’s long-term care? How will we pay for prevention?”
The non-partisan forum takes place six weeks before the election.
For information regarding the campaign, visit voteforohiokids.org.