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Cory Cronin

Cory Cronin
Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Institute to Advance Health Equity (ADVANCE)
Grover Center W359

Cory E. Cronin, Ph.D., MHSA (SPH), is an associate professor in Ohio University’s Department of Social and Public Health. He teaches and mentors students within the Health Services Administration degree program. Dr. Cronin’s research interests include health policy, health care organizations and barriers to health care access and are largely conducted through the utilization of large secondary datasets. His recent work has focused on hospital community benefit efforts and evaluating the efficacy of policies in improving health care access, including a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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  • Ph.D., Medical Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2015
  • MHSA, Health Services Administration, Xavier University, 2006
  • BS, Health Services Administration, Ohio University, 2004

Research/Professional Interests

  • Health care policy, particularly for special populations such as children
  • Community and population health and health care access
  • Health care organizations

Teaching Experience

  • HLTH 2170: Health System Organization, Financing, and Delivery
  • HLTH 4375: Health Care Policy
  • HLTH 4445: Health Care Law and Ethics

Publications (selected)

  • Cronin, Cory E. PhD; Choyke, Kelly Lynn PhD; Franz, Berkeley PhD. For-Profit Hospital Reflections on Community Relationships in the Time of COVID-19. Journal of Healthcare Management 68(1):p 25-37, January/February 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/JHM-D-22-00015
  • Chang, J.E., Cronin, C.E., Lindenfeld, Z. et al. Association of Medicaid expansion and 1115 waivers for substance use disorders with hospital provision of opioid use disorder services: a cross sectional study. BMC Health Serv Res 23, 87 (2023).
  • Choyke, K. L., Franz, B., Rodriguez, V., & Cronin, C. E. (2023). For-profit hospitals could play a distinctive role as anchor institutions. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.
  • Cronin CE, Singh SR, Turner JS and Evashwick CJ (2022) Hospitals' contributions to their communities: Should they be regulated? Front. Public Health 10:1064210. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.1064210
  • Franz, Berkeley, Cory E. Cronin, Valerie A. Yeager, Ashlyn Burns, and Simone R. Singh. "Overview of the Most Commonly Identified Public Health Needs and Strategies in a Nationally Representative Sample of Nonprofit Hospitals." Medical Care Research and Review (2022): 10775587221135365.
  • Singh SR, Cronin CE, Conley C, Lenhart M, Franz B. Equity as a Guiding Theme in Hospitals' Community Health Needs Assessments. Am J Prev Med. 2023 Jan;64(1):26-32. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2022.07.013. Epub 2022 Sep 17. PMID: 36127195.
  • Cronin, C.E., Singh, S. and Franz, B. (2022) The impact of Maryland’s payment reforms on hospital community benefit efforts, Health care management review. 47, 1, E11–20. DOI:
    Cronin, C.E., Franz, B., and Garlington, S. (2021) "Population Health Partnerships and Social Capital: Facilitating Hospital-Community Partnerships. " SSM Population Health.
  • Cronin, C. E., Franz, B., Skinner, D., & Haile, Z. T. (2019). Hospitals and substance use disorder services in the time of the opioid epidemic. Health services research. 54(2), 439-450
  • Franz, B., Cronin, C.E., Skinner, D., and Pagan, J. (2019.) State Opioid Policies May Influence Non-Profit Hospital Decisions to Address Substance Abuse in their Communities. Medical Care Research and Review
  • Franz, B., Cronin, C.E., Wainwright, A. and Pagan, J.A., (2019) A. Measuring Efforts of Non-profit Hospitals to Address Opioid Abuse after the Affordable Care Act. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health.

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  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. October 2019. “Understanding the Contributions For-Profit Hospitals Make as Community Anchors: Does a Corporate Mission Detract from Social Responsibility?” Role: Principal Investigator. Funded in the amount of $237,966.
  • Ohio University Research Council. Fall 2018. “Do You Need a Ride? Overcoming Transportation Barriers.” Role: Principal Investigator. Funded in the amount of $7,975.
  • Ohio Department of Health. Ohio Rural Health Improvement Process, $100,000. Spring 2018. Role and Responsibility: Co-investigator. Funded
  • Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions Interdisciplinary Health Research Grant. (2018, April). Exploring Transportation Barriers in Southeast Ohio from a Community Perspective. Role: PI. Internal grant from the College ($5,000).
  • Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions Innovative Research Grant. (2017, April). “Understanding the Intentions and Efficacy of Hospital Community Benefit.” Role: PI. Internal grant from the College ($10,000).
  • Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District. (2017, January). Extramural contract awarded for the “Perry County Health Care Access Feasibility Study.” Role: Co-Investigator ($50,000).

Awards and Honors

  • University Professor, Ohio University (2019)
  • Lee Cibrowski Faculty Advising and Mentoring Award, College of Health Sciences and Professions, Ohio University (2017).
  • Bruning Teaching Fellowship. Ohio University (2016-2017)

University/Professional Service

  • Founding Co-president Ohio Rural Health Association
  • Member Appalachian Rural Health Institute
  • Co-Advisor for Ohio University Society of Health Administrators
  • Committee Member Holzer Clinic Ethics Committee 2018- present
  • Program Coordinator Health Services Administration Undergraduate Degree Program 2017-present

Clinical Experience

  • Administrative Consultant
    • FWI Healthcare 2007-2010
    • Worked with various health care facilities. Projects included strategic plans, feasibility studies, preparations for accreditation review, analyses of facility expenditures, maintenance of policy manual, and researching and reporting on new Medicaid and Medicare regulations.
  • Director, Patient Care Services Operations
    • St. Francis Medical Center, Monroe LA 2006-2007
    • Under CEO, worked with strategic planning, policy development, and community outreach projects. Under CNO, responsible for the business/financial operations of the hospital’s nursing/patient care staff and direct management for the Non-Invasive Testing Department. Member of ethics committee