Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted have announced dozens of transformational projects that aim to significantly improve access to healthcare across many of Ohio's Appalachian communities. 

As part of the new Appalachian Children's Initiative, more than $64 million in funding will be awarded to the Appalachian Children Coalition to support the creation or expansion of community and school-based health clinics, launching of healthcare-focused workforce development programs, and more.

"Our vision for Ohio's future is one where all Ohioans, no matter where they are from, have the opportunity to live up to their full potential," said Governor DeWine. "These projects will uplift and empower the people of Ohio's Appalachian region for generations to come." 

The funding is going to be divided among 28 projects. These projects are expected to impact 61,000 students and 375,000 residents across 20 Appalachian counties. 

The project will also establish workforce training programs between schools and health clinics to prepare the next generation of Appalachian healthcare professionals.

Funding for the initiative is being awarded through the larger Appalachian Community Grant program.