Consulting work

Examples of past HPIO consulting work

For more information on HPIO’s consulting services, please contact Amy Rohling McGee at or 614-545-0750.

State Health Assessment (SHA)/State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) must conduct a SHA and prepare a SHIP in order to remain accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board. ODH contracted with HPIO to manage the SHA and SHIP processes in 2016 and 2017, respectively. ODH commissioned HPIO to facilitate development of Ohio’s next SHA and SHIP, which will be released later in 2019.

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) assessments  — ODH is contracting with HPIO to develop the state’s MCH and MIECHV needs assessments. Information about the project can be found here.

Assessment of Child Health and Health Care in Ohio — The Ohio Children’s Hospital Association commissioned HPIO to lead a multi-faceted process to develop an Assessment of Child Health and Health Care in Ohio. The Assessment identifies Ohio’s top child health and healthcare-related priorities and provides a starting place for a child-focused health policy agenda that can pave the way for a healthier Ohio.

Social Determinants of Infant Mortality — Section 5 of Sub. SB 332 of the 131st General Assembly required the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) to contract with a nonprofit organization to convene and lead a stakeholder group to explore the social determinants of infant mortality and produce a report with the group’s findings and policy recommendations. Following a competitive procurement process, LSC selected HPIO for the project. The report, titled “A new approach to reduce infant mortality and achieve equity: Policy recommendations to improve housing, transportation, education and employment,” and other material are posted here.

Mental Health and Addiction Services in Franklin County — HPIO worked in partnership with Community Research Partners to conduct a needs assessment for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County, resulting in a report titled Preparing for the Future: Policy Landscape and Needs Assessment for Mental Health and Addiction Services in Franklin County.  The needs assessment produced policy-relevant and action-driven information to project the need for publicly funded mental health and addiction treatment, support and prevention services.  

Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study — HPIO partnered with the Ohio State University, the Urban Institute and Regional Economic Models, Inc. to explore the potential impact of Medicaid expansion in Ohio. HPIO provided project management for the study and oversaw dissemination efforts (editing and layout of publications, media outreach, web hosting of all material). The project was commissioned by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, the Gund Foundation and the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation. All material from the study is available here.

Ohio Network for Health Coverage and Enrollment — The Philanthropy Ohio Health Initiative contracted with HPIO to manage the Ohio Network for Health Coverage and Enrollment. ONCE brought together statewide, regional and local organizations to foster collaboration through information sharing, consistent messaging, and opportunities to partner to help uninsured Ohioans understand and enroll in new coverage opportunities.

Montgomery County Affordable Care Act Task Force — The Board of County Commissioners of Montgomery County contracted with HPIO to conduct an environmental scan and assessment (including strengths and weaknesses) of Montgomery County’s current access, capacity and delivery system for the physical, behavioral and dental healthcare safety net for vulnerable populations. In addition to assessing the current status of how well the health care safety net operates, the environmental scan identified gaps, potential options and solutions to help ensure that the community is as prepared as possible for implementation of the Affordable Care Act. To download the Montgomery County access to care dashboard or executive summary and full versions of “An Environmental Scan of the Montgomery County Safety Net for the Montgomery County Affordable Care Act Task Force,” visit here.

Community Guide State Team: “Evidence in Action” — HPIO partnered with the Ohio Department of Health to lead a state team to review evidence-based public health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Guide, and to select and implement a policy strategy to increase physical activity in Ohio. The project was funded by the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Public Health Futures — Recognizing the need to respond to current financial and political challenges and to propose new approaches to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of local public health in Ohio, the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners established the Public Health Futures Project in 2011 to explore new ways to structure and fund local public health. AOHC contracted with HPIO to conduct research, facilitate a consensus-building process among members, and prepare the final report. The final report was delivered to the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners Public Health Futures Steering Committee on June 15, 2012.