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

All Projects 

Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Prize

In collaboration with the Athens Health Department, Live Healthy Appalachia, Ohio Health and the Athens Health Coalition, the Voinovich School is working on an application for the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Prize for Athens County. The first essay submitted this summer made it to the second round and we are now in the process of broadening that collaboration and preparing additional materials for submission. 

Tags: Health

Evaluation of the Trinity Hospital Twin City: Fit For Life

The purpose of the Trinity Hospital Twin City Fit for Life Expansion for Replication Project is to provide a multi-agency approach to reduce the number of overweight and obese adults in Tuscarawas and surrounding counties. The third year of programming is complete and each evaluation report includes significance testing on behavior, health and lifestyle indicators as well as other comparative analysis on whether the program can be replicated. 

Tags: Health

Evaluation of the Trinity Hospital Twin City Comprehensive Diabetes Prevention Project

Trinity Hospital Twin City received a three year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide diabetes prevention education and support to rural Tuscarawas County residents who are at risk for or were recently diagnosed with diabetes.  The Fit for Life promising practice model will be adapted to cater to those with diabetes.  Work on this three-year evaluation project is underway and will include significance testing on behavior, health and lifestyle indicators as well as longitudinal analysis of participant progress.  

Tags: Health