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.
Trinity Hospital Twin City Program: Diabetes Care Quality Evaluation
The purpose of this evaluation is to determine whether Trinity’s integrated strategy of chronic care management, advanced electronic health records application and community outreach has improved health outcomes of patients aged 18 and older with diabetes. Work on this evaluation is currently underway.
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.
Strengthening Communities to Prevent Diabetes in Rural Appalachia’s Vulnerable Populations
Working with eleven community coalitions across four states with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this initiative sought to decrease diabetes complications through the promotion of active living and healthy nutrition. Working collaboratively with community leaders, health professionals and church health teams, local coalitions were engaged in a number of assessment, education and advocacy activities designed to promote good health among people already diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and their families. The Voinovich School served as the evaluator on this five-year multistate initiative.