Current Projects


HEALing Communities Study

The National Institutes of Health funded a four-state research study, which includes Ohio, to test the impact of an integrated set of evidence-based interventions across health care, behavioral health, justice, and other community-based settings. The goal is to prevent and treat opioid misuse and opioid use disorder (OUD) within highly affected communities in four states and reduce opioid related deaths by 40 percent over three years.  HOPES is heading the Health Economics core for Ohio’s HEALing Communities Study project, coordinating a cost-effectiveness analysis for Ohio’s community engagement, evidence-based practice interventions, and communications strategies.


Evaluation of Local Public Health Accreditation Support Project

The Ohio State University Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) is working with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to support local public health accreditation and public health service delivery across the state. HOPES is conducting an evaluation of CPHP’s training and technical assistance services. This is a mixed-methods evaluation using both quantitative and qualitative data. CPHP will use results to make improvements to processes and in service delivery.


Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey Series

The Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey (OMAS) is an Ohio-specific assessment that provides health care access, utilization, and health status information about residential Ohioans at the state, regional and county levels, with a concentration on Ohio’s Medicaid, Medicaid-eligible, and non-Medicaid populations. The OMAS mission is to assist the efficient and effective administration of Ohio’s Medicaid program.

OMAS is a mail, web, and random digit dial telephone survey first fielded in 1997. In its eighth iteration, OMAS enables tracking of the state’s health system and health status over time. Data collection for the 2019 OMAS is currently in progress.

The main topics for OMAS are health care access, health care utilization, insurance status, chronic and acute health conditions, mental health, health risk behaviors, and health demographics such as employment, income, and socioeconomic indicators. These topics assist the Ohio Department of Medicaid and other health-associated state and local agencies in identifying health services and system gaps and assist in developing strategies for improving health services to Ohio’s population.

OMAS is widely used for health system research and program development by Ohio’s colleges and universities, state and local governments, private sector organizations, and policy makers. OMAS data have been used for grant applications, community health initiatives, academic publications and presentations, health system planning activities, and philanthropic activities. These uses comply with the OMAS project’s purpose to serve Ohio’s Medicaid population and the state’s health-vulnerable populations.


State Profile of Contraceptive Use and Access

The Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN) conducts rigorous and forward-thinking social-science research on the reproductive health of Ohioans. OPEN’s goal is to evaluate the reproductive health care landscape of Ohio in the context of federal and state laws, regulations, and policies. We study equity, access, outcomes, cost, and autonomy regarding reproductive health. Our interdisciplinary team includes faculty, students, and staff from The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Case Western Reserve University. The mission of OPEN is to produce valuable and timely evidence for public policy makers. We aim to support more equitable access to quality reproductive health care in Ohio.

The Center for HOPES is leading the development of a state profile of contraceptive access in Ohio, such that stakeholders can understand contraceptive use patterns, gaps in coverage, and changes over time among a range of potential contraceptive users. The big picture challenge is estimating contraceptive prevalence (1) for the entire reproductive age population of Ohio and (2) with sufficient timeliness to be program-and policy-relevant. No single data source covers the population in a timely manner, and all impose trade-offs and limitations. We are currently analyzing the following data: (1) National Survey for Family Growth; (2) Ohio Pregnancy Assessment Survey; (3) Title X Family Planning Annual Report for Ohio; (4) Symphony Health claims data; (5) Marketscan commercial claims, and (6) Ohio Medicaid (aggregate).