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 

Trinity Hospital Twin City Program: Diabetes Care Quality Evaluation

The purpose of this evaluation is to determine whether Trinity’s integrated strategy of chronic care management, advanced electronic health records application and community outreach has improved health outcomes of patients aged 18 and older with diabetes. Work on this evaluation is currently underway.

Tags: Health

The Fatherhood Initiative

The Voinovich School is evaluating this five-year initiative that aims to help fathers strengthen their relationships with their children and the mothers of their children, to improve the long-term economic stability of vulnerable families, and to help fathers overcome barriers that prevent them from being effective and nurturing parents.  Long-term objectives include improved family functioning, improved adult and child well-being, increased economic stability and mobility, and reduced poverty.  An underlying objective of this project is to reduce infant mortality rates in five counties by providing fatherhood services to new and expectant fathers. Both a process and outcome evaluation are being conducted to help inform continuous improvement, and document short and longer term outcomes of this initiative. 

Tags: Health

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

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