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New Content:

Center for HOPES Research Scholar Lisa Frazier is co-author of a letter to the editor in the new issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.  In “Letter to the Editor Regarding: Medicaid Prescription Limits and Their Implications for Naloxone Accessibility (by Roberts et al., 2021),” Dr. Frazier and her colleagues from Kentucky, Massachusetts, and New York explain how several nuances of state Medicaid policies affect the conclusions of an article published earlier in the year. Roberts, et al. identify and describe policies that limit the number of prescriptions a beneficiary may fill across state Medicaid programs. However, their conclusion about monthly prescription fill limit policies overstates the proportion of the adult Medicaid population for whom access to naloxone is potentially restricted.

Read more and access the article.


In the News:

Eric Seiber, Director of the Center for HOPES and Professor in the College of Public Health, is quoted in a story about how the Biden administration is attempting to close the “coverage gap” between Medicaid and subsidized private health coverage.

More than 2 million low-income Americans fall in the coverage gap. According to analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 60% of them are people of color, a third are primary caregivers, and 62% of them are in the workforce, including 23% who work in essential or frontline jobs. Nonetheless, because they live in states that turned down expanding Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act, they are not eligible for either health coverage through the joint state-federal program or for federal subsidies on marketplace plans.

Read the full article: How Medicaid is Changing and Expanding Under President Biden (Healthline, 7/6/21)


News & New Content:

The Center for HOPES has just wrapped up the successful piloting of a non-degree evaluation certificate program designed for public health and social service professionals and researchers. The self-paced, virtual course aimed to address fear or resistance to program evaluation and to empower the public health and social services work force to use data to assess programmatic needs.

Twenty-seven participants from different disciplines, sectors, and areas of the country learned about best practices in program evaluation through a series of asynchronous modules and activities, as well as real-time office hours and group discussions. Read Center for HOPES launches evaluation certificate (Center for HOPES News, 6/29/21) for interviews with Ashley Montana and Alix Warren (pictured left), two members of the inaugural cohort.

The pilot of the Introductory modules is the first step in an effort to develop a three-level course in program evaluation for public health and social services professionals. The Center for HOPES is committed to providing high-impact educational programming to sustain and advance the public health workforce.

Learn more about the Public Health and Social Services Evaluation Certificate Program.


New Content:

Center for HOPES researchers have several new articles out this month.

Lisa Frazier, Eric Seiber, Kristin Harlow, Selasi Attipoe, and Brian O’rourke present The Ohio COVID-19 Survey: Preliminary Findings and Their Use During the Pandemic in the newest issue of the Ohio Journal of Public Health. Overall, authors find that groups that were struggling before the pandemic have faced the biggest challenges with regard to health and household economics since it began. Dr. Seiber is also co-author on a companion piece: The Design and Methodology of the Ohio COVID-19 Survey.


Saira Nawaz is co-author of another article about Latino Health Access’s promotora community health model. In Addressing Emotional Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic: the Role of Promotores in Delivering Integrated Mental Health Care and Social Services, Nawaz and her co-authors discuss how promotores address mental health and social service gaps in Latinx communities in southern California.

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New Content:

Center for HOPES Research Evaluator Saira Nawaz is co-author of an article in the new issue of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Journal of Hispanic Policy.  In “Queremos Transformar Comunidades: Incorporating Civic Engagement in Promotor-led COVID-19 Response Efforts in Latinx Communities,”  Dr. Nawaz and her co-authors from USC and Latino Health Access present findings from a promotor-led intervention in Latinx communities in southern California.

Their mixed methods analysis reveals ways in which COVID-19 vulnerabilities are associated with the ability to participate in the democratic process, suggests novel, community-based mechanisms of civic engagement, and informs future efforts to prioritize resilience and equity into immigrant and 1st and 2nd generation communities.

Read more and access the article.


In the News:

Thanks to funding from The Ohio State University’s Outreach and Engagement grants, the Center for HOPES with be working with principal investigator Ayaz Hyder to conduct a community-directed evaluation of the COVID-19 Analytics and Targeted Surveillance System for Schools (CATS).

Center for HOPES Community Engagement Specialist Anne Trinh has been working with Dr. Hyder, who is also a Center Affiliate, and local health departments to support Central Ohio school districts’ use of CATS since July 2020 to monitor various indicators related to COVID-19. Program evaluators at the Center will use human-centered design principles in the evaluation process, prioritizing the needs of local educational decision-makers as end users of the report.

Read the announcement of all 2021 funded grant proposals.

Learn more about CATS.


New Content:

Center for HOPES Community Engagement Specialist Anne Trinh is co-author of an article in the new issue of Public Health Reports.  In “COVID-19 Surveillance for Local Decision-Making: An Academic, School-District, and Public Health Collaboration,” Ms. Trinh, Center Affiliate Ayaz Hyder, and their multi-sectoral partners report how they collected, processed, analyzed, and visualized data to develop the COVID-19 Analytics and Targeted Surveillance System for Schools (CATS).

The authors report that piloting a surveillance system with diverse school districts facilitated scaling up the system to other districts and that leveraging existing relationships and identifying emerging needs were critical to rapid and sustainable collaboration. They also emphasize that valuing and utilizing diverse skill sets was key to rapid deployment of this innovative public health system during the pandemic.

Read more and access the article.


In the News:

Anne Trinh, Community Engagement Specialist at the Center for HOPES and Senior Program Manager of the Addiction Innovation Fund, is quoted in a story about the dramatic rise in drug overdose deaths in 2020. More than 87,000 Americans died of overdoses between October 2019 and September 2020 — the highest 12-month overdose death toll ever recorded.

More than 5,000 Ohioans died of overdoses during this period, a 24% increase over the previous year. Ms. Trinh notes that the opioid epidemic was already hitting Ohio hard before COVID-19. The effects of the pandemic exacerbated the situation and reversed any small gains that had been made.

Read the full article: CDC reports record number of overdose deaths over 12-month period (Toledo Blade, 4/24/21)


In the News:

Dr. Wilson FigueroaThe Center for HOPES is thrilled to announce that Research Scholar Wilson Figueroa 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.


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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.