Health Research

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.

Example Projects

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Trimble Health Center

Building on the work of Promise Neighborhoods in the Trimble area, the Voinovich School, working with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Health Science and Professions, has assisted in the development of a school health clinic to serve Trimble school district staff and students. This is an important safety net resource in a critical medical shortage area. 

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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.

Link to the study

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An Analysis of the Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of School-Age Children in the Eastern Local School District Meigs County, Ohio (2009)

Funded by the US Department of Education, the Voinovich School conducted a multi-perspective needs assessment which included group interviews and surveys to collect thoughts and feelings about mental health issues within the school district. This needs assessment investigated awareness of mental health issues within the school district and the general perception of availability, accessibility and appropriateness of available mental/behavioral health services were assessed.

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