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.
Sustaining IPAC: Improving Health Outcomes for Children in Appalachia Ohio
We are working with Integrating Professionals for Appalachian Children (IPAC) through a three-year federal grant from the Rural Health Network Development Program. We will be conducting focus groups with the public to understand how participants understand trauma. This knowledge will inform the design and development of communication tools for the care team services for children with trauma/foster histories.
The nursing program at Ohio University’s College of Health Science and Professions received a grant through the US Department of Labor to reach unemployed and underemployed individuals and provide them with support to complete a degree or credential in nursing. The Voinovich School is evaluating this important initiative.
On behalf of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Voinovich School is conducting an evaluation of a tool used to place children in foster care. The tool--called the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths, or CANS--is being piloted in ten counties across the state. Working in conjunction with the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies, the Voinovich School is evaluating whether the use of the CANS improves outcomes for children in terms of length of stay in foster care, placement stability while in custody and cost of stay. The Voinovich School is also conducting an assessment of worker satisfaction with the tool.