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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 

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. 

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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.

Link to the report

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Belmont Elementary Counseling Program

Bellaire Local School District received a U.S. Department of Education Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant in August 2013. The grant provides funds to local educational agencies to enable schools to develop promising and innovative approaches for initiating or expanding counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools. Four Appalachian Ohio school districts are served by the grant. Work on the year three evaluation report concluded in 2016.

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