Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation Studies (HOPES)

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

Speaker Series
Beyond health care: How social determinants contribute to our well-being

Feb. 3, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Page Hall LEC (Room 130)
Co-hosted with the Glenn College Colloquium Series
Greg Moody, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Upstream Priority: the role of social determinants in promoting health
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Medical care alone cannot address what actually makes us sick. Most of our health is determined by the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money and resources, and are mostly responsible for health inequities in our communities. Increasingly, government and community leaders are focused on addressing the underlying social and economic conditions that lead to health inequities, and seeking strategies that advance the long-term goal of improving overall community health. We will take a look at the status of these efforts and identify ways we can make our communities healthier for everyone.

Feb. 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Cunz Hall 160
Jason Reece, Knowlton School of Architecture
Housing as a Social Determinant of Health: Strategies, Tensions and Reforms
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The intersection of housing and health has been long recognized as an important social determinant of health. My talk will explore the tensions surrounding various housing intervention strategies, with a particular focus on the debate surrounding investing “in place” versus supporting “housing mobility” as a social determinant intervention. The presentation will look at the benefits and limitations of both strategies and introduce structural conditions which is exacerbating housing instability in the U.S.

POSTPONED, new date TBD. March 16, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Meiling Hall 234
Millie Dolce and Hannah Keedy, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Health Equity as a Lens for Viewing Health Outcomes

We will explore the role health equity plays in health outcomes with a particular focus on pediatric health outcomes. We will look at the prevalence of health disparities at the national and state level, explore strategies for addressing health equity, and examine recent efforts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to address social determinants of health. Suggestions for advancing health equity within organizations and agencies will be discussed.

POSTPONED, new date TBD. March 30, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Townsend Hall 38
Cynthia Colen, Department of Sociology
The Intergenerational Transmission of Discrimination: Children’s Experiences of Unfair Treatment and Their Mothers’ Health at Midlife

Children who report more frequent instances of discrimination have mothers whose self-rated health declines more rapidly between ages 40 and 50 years. Furthermore, racial disparities in exposure to discrimination among children explains almost 10% of the black–white gap but little of the Hispanic–white gap in self-rated health among these mothers.