Since 1995 the Voinovich School has provided assessment, planning, and evaluation services throughout Ohio and the broader rural Appalachian region. Our health research projects focus on facilitating health innovation, providing assessment and operations analyses to improve health outcomes, improving health systems efficiency, and eliminating persistent health disparities. Research conducted by the Voinovich School has provided guidance to policy makers at the state and local level.
Examples of specific services include:
- Community health needs assessment
- Facilitation and data support for service planning and expansion
- Health data analytics
- Health services market area research
- Program evaluation for medical, mental, and behavioral health services
- Evaluation of community and regional health care initiatives
- Quality and performance measurement
- Training and technical assistance to facilitate health innovation
Previous project sponsors represent a variety of sectors and content areas: federal government (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), state government (the Ohio Departments of Health; Aging; Mental Health and Addiction Services; and Job and Family Services), local government (city/county health departments and other local governmental agencies),nonprofits and foundations (Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and HealthPath Foundation), and health care systems (community health centers, and hospitals).
Through our cross-disciplinary project work, we have developed strong working relationships with faculty across the university including Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Health Professions and Sciences. This enables us to enhance our project teams with experts from various health care disciplines.
Strengthening Ohio’s Safety Net (2011)
The Voinovich School supported HealthPath Foundation by facilitating roundtable sessions where experts and stakeholders discussed strategies for strengthening primary care in rural and underserved areas of Ohio. Subsequently the School facilitated sessions of the Foundation’s Research Advisory group and conducted research on select health professional pipeline and community-based training programs for primary care providers.
Factors that Influence Breastfeeding Initiation and Persistence in Ohio’s Appalachian Region (2011)
Funded by the Ohio Department of Health, the purpose of this study was to identify barriers and facilitators to breastfeeding in Ohio’s Appalachian counties. Through group interviews with 176 women, the study provides recommendations for culturally appropriate approaches to improve breastfeeding initiation and persistence among Appalachian women.
Critical Access Hospital Needs Assessments and Strategic Planning (2012)
In partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and University of Toledo Area Health Education Center (AHEC) , the Voinovich School designed and conducted regional strategic planning sessions with Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) across Ohio to assist them in meeting the IRS 990 community health needs assessment requirement. Included in the process was the provision of data addressing health indicators, a summary of proud moments from CAHs, and individual hospital economic impact analyses for each of Ohio’s 34 critical access hospitals and for all hospitals combined.