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.
Trimble Health Center
Building on the work of Promise Neighborhoods in the Trimble area, the Voinovich School, working with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Health Science and Professions, has assisted in the development of a school health clinic to serve Trimble school district staff and students. This is an important safety net resource in a critical medical shortage area.
Exploring the Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health in Rural Counties
Working in partnership with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville and the Athens, Hocking, Vinton ADAMHs Board, The Voinovich School is developing a learning community and an evaluation framework to capture the successes and challenges of four local integration efforts. Plans to expand this initiative to other counties in Southeast Ohio are underway.
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.