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.
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.
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.
Assistance with Public Health Accreditation
Local health departments are required to apply for accreditation to the Public Health Accreditation Board by 2020. The Voinovich School is working with a number of Southeast Ohio counties, assisting them with community health needs assessments, community health improvement plans and strategic plans so that they can meet the prerequisite requirements for accreditation. The Voinovich School is providing technical assistance, facilitation services, consultation, data analysis and technical writing to assist in the process.