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In the News:

Dr. Wilson FigueroaThe Center for HOPES is thrilled to announce that Wilson Figueroa, Senior Consulting Research Statistician, is the recipient of one the College of Public Health’s highly-competitive racial justice seed grants. Dr. Figueroa will use the $75,000 grant to measure the health effects of daily stress among a racially diverse sample of queer adults in Franklin County and develop a larger grant proposal.

Read Racial justice grants fund two new public health projects (College of Public Health News, 3/30/21) to learn more about Dr. Figueroa’s work.


New Content:

The Center for HOPES has launched a quarterly newsletter!

We’ll keep it short and sweet: In each edition, you’ll find highlights of the most recent work at the Center for HOPES, including project updates, announcements about events and new content, and more information about the members of our phenomenal research team. We’ll also recommend an external piece of work that we’ve found particularly important. We hope that you’ll continue to check in with us weekly on our website and daily on Twitter, but we have heard your feedback that a quarterly update would be welcome.

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New Content:

The Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation Studies (HOPES) had a very busy 2020! We’re excited to share the highlights of this work with you in our newly-released Center for HOPES 2020 Annual Report.

Inside the report you’ll find:

          • A letter from Center Director, Dr. Eric Seiber
          • A report summary and year-in-review
          • A summary of the Center’s history, budget, and staff
          • Highlights from new projects
          • Updates on continuing efforts
          • An overview of engagement and dissemination activities
          • Areas of opportunity and a forecast for 2021


New Content:

Center for HOPES researchers have authored a research memo summarizing key findings from the Ohio COVID Survey (OCS) within the context of the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The OCS, unique in tracking Ohio household health and economic dynamics over time, has been a key element of the Center’s evidence base in providing health economics expertise to state leadership.

In this update, we present findings about household stress, economic inequities, and health behaviors between April and August 2020, and a timeline of cases and key policy actions between March and August.

Research Memo | The Ohio COVID Survey Provides an Intimate Portrait About the Impact of the Pandemic on Ohio’s Households

Learn more about the Center’s work on COVID Recovery and Response.


New Content:

Center for HOPES Research Evaluator Saira Nawaz is co-author of an article in the new issue of Contraception.  In “Use of Non-Preferred Contraceptive Methods Among Women in Ohio,”  Dr. Nawaz and several of our colleagues from the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN) find that a quarter of women reported not using their preferred contraceptive method and that the most common barrier to obtaining their preferred method was affordability.

Based on data from the Ohio Survey of Women (OSW), long-acting methods, oral conception, and condoms were the most preferred methods; emergency contraception was the least preferred. Those using their preferred method reported more consistent contraceptive use, which is strongly associated with lower rates of unintended pregnancy. Low socioeconomic status, poor provider satisfaction related to contraceptive care, and not having a yearly women’s checkup were associated with lower use of preferred method. These findings provide further evidence that cost, quality, and access barriers in conceptive care reduce effectiveness and autonomy in conceptive use.

Read more and access the article.


 In the News:

Wilson Figueroa, Senior Consulting Research Statistician at the Center for HOPES, is first author on work he will present at the annual meeting of the American Society of Preventive Oncology at the end of the March.

In “Patient Response to Receiving a Notification of Elevated Breast Cancer Risk after Regular Screening Mammogram,” Dr. Figueroa and his colleagues report on a survey of women undergoing routine screening mammography about notification strategies regarding elevated risk of breast cancer. Their findings indicate that population-based screening associated with routine mammography can indeed motivate women at elevated breast cancer risk to discuss their risk and management options with a healthcare provider. While complementary strategies are necessary to ensure awareness among all high-risk patients, population-based methods are an effective and low-cost part of the picture.


New Content:

Center for HOPES Research Evaluator Saira Nawaz is co-author of an article in the new issue of Family & Community Health.  In “Rebuilding with Impacted Communities at the Center,”  Dr. Nawaz and her co-authors from UCLA, the AltaMed Institute for Health Equity, and Latino Health Access explain COVID-19 response and recovery as an opportunity to leverage the connection between civic engagement and better health outcomes.


In a survey of Latinx program participants and community members, Latino Health Access – a nonprofit community-based organization in Orange County, California – found that nonvoters had significantly higher rates of food insecurity, reductions in work hours, and housing instability, and less capacity to respond to a COVID-19 case in the household. Hispanic/Latinx persons are shouldering disproportionate burdens of both the pandemic disease and economic fallout. These preliminary findings indicate that civic engagement may be an important pathway to building resilience within Latinx communities for future health crises.

Read more and access the article.


New Content:

Building on the Advancing Equity web learning series we hosted in the fall, the Center for HOPES has developed a Dual Burden Reading & Resources page for those interested in learning more about reproductive health care needs among women with substance use disorder.

On this page, you will find links to essential readings, innovative programs, and novel research about the intersection of reproductive health and substance – particularly opioid – use disorder treatment (such as the infographic from the CDC pictured here). This list of recommended readings and resources includes sources regarding:

  • Framing and problem definition
  • Caring for women with OUD
  • Caring for pregnant & postpartum people with OUD
  • Disparities in care
  • Organizations & programs
  • Patterns of reproductive care among women with OUD
  • Patterns of OUD and pregnancy outcomes

Learn and access more Center content about addressing the dual burden of reproductive health care and substance use disorder treatment needs.


In the News:

Congratulations to Anne Trinh, Senior Program Manager at the Center for HOPES, on being named the new Chair of the Data and Research Action Team for the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition (FCSPC).

FCSPC works to prevent suicide in greater Columbus by raising awareness and reducing stigma, promoting suicide prevention education, and fostering suicide prevention collaboration. Ms. Trinh brings years of public health experience working with populations at disproportionately high risk of suicide to the Coalition. The Center for HOPES looks forward to building our relationship with FCSPC and supporting Ms. Trinh’s role.


In the News:

Director Eric Seiber accepted an invitation to speak at the Center for Surgical Health Assessment, Research and Policy (SHARP) Grand Rounds about the Center for HOPES’s role in the state’s COVID-19 response activities. Dr. Seiber shared insights on household economic dynamics, unemployment, consumer spending, and state tax revenue, with a particular focus on the differential effects of the pandemic recession on Ohio’s low-income households. The key takeaway for the surgeon-researchers in attendance: Ohio faces significant economic challenges as it transitions from disease response to post-vaccine recovery efforts.


Learn more about the Center’s work on COVID Recovery and Response.




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The Center for HOPES is a research center in The Ohio State University College of Public Health. HOPES provides health economics, health policy, and evaluation services for projects within the university, as well as for government agencies, community groups, and private sector organizations. In addition to the Center’s accomplished researchers, HOPES provides a platform for the research community to collaborate across colleges in order to better understand the issues facing the public’s health today.