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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

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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. 

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Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides funding for state-level personal responsibility education programs with the aims of reducing rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (including HIV/AIDS) among youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is administering the PREP throughout the state in nine regions via agencies at the local level and the Voinovich School is leading an evaluation of this statewide initiative.  

Click here to access the January, 2018 report.

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NEARS Evaluation

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. 

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