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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 

Smoke Free Families

The Voinovich School received a second two-year contract from the Ohio Department of Health to work with six counties in Southeast Ohio to promote an evidence-based intervention for smoking cessation. The goal is to “saturate” these counties with trained providers giving the same message in multiple settings.  During the first two years of the initiative, GVS trained 108 professionals across 36 organizations.  Twenty-two organizations implemented the evidence-based intervention. Ten agencies agreed to collect information about their implementation and their data indicates that 747 people received the intervention and over half of them reported that they smoked.  

Tags: Health

Ohio Children's Trust Fund Regional Coordinator

Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs has been selected by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) to serve as a regional prevention coordinator to lead efforts for child abuse and neglect prevention in eastern and southeastern Ohio through regional prevention councils. The councils are comprised of appointed prevention specialists representing 10 eastern and 13 southeastern Ohio counties.  The School is providing ongoing administrative support, conducting needs assessments and assisting the councils with development of child abuse and neglect prevention plans.

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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. 

Tags: Health