HPIO upcoming events

2018 Events

April 2018

4/6/2018- Connections between Income and Health [webinar]

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More than a century of research has found strong connections between income and health. As a group, people with higher incomes live longer and experience better mental and physical health outcomes. Understanding how income influences health can inform policies, programs and resource allocation to improve both the health and economic well-being of Ohioans.

Health Policy Institute of Ohio will host a webinar to share highlights from a recent publication, Connections between Income Health. A panel of experts will discuss current state-level initiatives to improve incomes and employment opportunities for Ohioans.

Speakers include:

  • Michael Evans, Project Manager, Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation
  • Greg R. Lawson, Research Fellow, The Buckeye Institute
  • Zach Reat, Health Policy Analyst, Health Policy Institute of Ohio
  • Kalitha Williams, Policy Liaison, Policy Matters Ohio

Register here

After you register for the event you will receive an email confirmation with the webinar link and login credentials. You will need to sign up for the webinar using the GoToWebinar website to be able to view the webinar on 4/6/2018. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Alana Clark-Kirk, aclarkkirk@hpio.net. 

Webinar attendees will have increased knowledge of:

  • Current status of income and health outcomes of Ohioans, as well as differences in health by income level
  • Ways that income can influence health and health can influence income
  • Current, state-level policy and program initiatives to improve income and employment opportunities for Ohioans

4/18- Show Me the Money: Innovative Approaches to Financing Population Health in Uncertain Times [Conference]

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The Health Policy Institute of Ohio, in partnership with the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health (OAIPH), invites you to attend a full-day conference focused on innovative, effective and sustainable approaches to financing population health strategies.

Experts will provide an overview of the current population health financing landscape, with specific presentations on social impact bonds, community development financial institutions and the evolution of payment reform models. Participants will learn about best practices from Ohio and other states.

Speakers Include:

  • Stacy Becker, Vice President, Programs, ReThink Health
  • Trish Riley, Executive Director, National Academy for State Health Policy
  • Greg Moody, Director, Governor’s Office of Health Transformation
  • Daniel Lau, Manager of Strategic Engagement, Build Healthy Places Network
  • David J. Erickson, Director of Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Panelists Include:

  • David Merriman, Administrator, Cuyahoga Job and Family Services
  • Kate Sommerfeld, President of Social Determinants of Health, Promedica
  • Jan Ruma, Vice PresidentHospital Council of Northwest Ohio
  • Valerie Heiby, Director of Development, Finance Fund Capital Corporation
  • Dr. Steven Cardamone, Medical Director of Partners for Kids, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

 As a result of attending this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. State key characteristics of population health strategies
  2. Discuss innovative approaches to financing population health activities and advancing population health goals, including:
    • Social Impact Bonds/ Pay for Success financing
    • Wellness trusts
    • Hospital community benefit
    • Community Development Financial Institutions and partnerships with other economic development and housing entities
    • Public-private partnerships (including business/employers and philanthropy) and blended and braided funding
    • Payment reform (global payment, ACOs) and Medicaid waivers
    • Tax policy (taxes and tax credits)
  3.  Identify at least one innovative financing approach to support population health improvement activities in their local community or at the state level

 Ohio University-Dublin Integrated Education Center, 6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

$75 to attend, see registration link for more fee options which include continuing education

Click here to register for this event

February 2018

2/27-  Addressing the social drivers of healthy aging: Policy options to improve health and impact spending growth [Forum]

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The Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University projects that by 2020, 25 percent of the population in more than half of Ohio counties will be over the age of 60. As Ohio’s population continues to age, policymakers are faced with unique challenges. This forum, a follow-up to a popular 2016 HPIO forum, will explore the aging policy landscape, supports for healthy aging, public and private payment models and social determinants of health for aging populations.


  • Robert Applebaum, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University
  • Glennon Sweeney, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
  • Zach Kenitzer, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
  • Angelica Herrera-Venson, National Council on Aging
  • Anne Montgomery, Altarum
  • Jean Accius, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Josephine Kalipeni, Caring Across Generations
  • Barbara Sears, Ohio Department of Medicaid
  • Beverley Laubert, Ohio Department of Aging

Featuring a panel discussion on Ohio’s age-friendly communities:

  • Mary McNamara, Cleveland Department of Aging (Cleveland)
  • Katie White, The Ohio State University College of Social Work (Columbus)
  • Ann Whelpton (Oxford)

The Conference Center at OCLC, 6600 Kilgour Pl. Dublin, OH 43017. 9:30 am-3:00 pm

$65 to attend, see registration link for more fee options

2017 Events

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8/24 – The path forward: What comes next for health policy? Seminar 2 [Online]

With new federal leadership, there are likely to be significant reforms to health and healthcare policy in the U.S. The new executive administration and many in Congress have expressed strong interest in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. However, the path forward is unclear, as are the potential impacts to states.

This series of three online seminars will provide snapshots of federal health policy decision-making throughout 2017. National and Ohio-based speakers will address current health policy debates in Congress and the White House and the implications of federal-level changes for state policymaking and Ohioans.

Speaker: Robert Laszewski, President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates, Inc.

Click here for slides and video (password protected)

9/19 – Closing health gaps in Southeast Ohio [Regional forum]

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio is hosting a regional forum in Athens to share actionable, evidence-informed strategies that can be implemented by local health improvement initiatives to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity. The forum will include a facilitated panel of local experts who will discuss the impact of health disparities and inequities and potential strategies to decrease health disparities in southeast Ohio.

Attendees also will learn about Ohio’s overall health status and challenges, as well as health disparities and inequities experienced by Ohioans with low incomes and other priority populations across the state. Data and information will be shared from the 2017 HPIO Health Value Dashboard and the 2016 State Health Assessment.

Ohio University Walter Hall Rotunda. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Regional forum partners: Cardinal Health Foundation, Ohio University, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, Sisters Health Foundation and The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio

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9/26 – Addressing addiction: Policy prescriptions to prevent opiate abuse and tobacco use [Forum]

According to the 2017 HPIO Health Value DashboardOhio ranks 46 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia on health value. This means that Ohioans are living less healthy lives and spending more on health care than people in most other states.

Given that drug overdoses, cancer and heart disease are leading causes of death in Ohio, addictions to opiates and nicotine are two of the greatest challenges to health and well-being in the state. This forum will explore addiction across the life course and identify evidence-based policy options to reduce opiate and tobacco use, including examples of effective strategies from other states.

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 10/26 – Politics, perceptions and the role of evidence in policymaking [Forum]

Given the exceptionally partisan political climate and skepticism of information that doesn’t adhere to particular points of view, it is difficult for policymakers and others to evaluate the evidence needed to implement effective health policy. And with the new administration signaling that states will have greater opportunity to take the lead on policy decisions, it is even more critical that state leaders have access to reliable data and analysis.

This forum will explore the importance of evidence-based decision making, particularly at the state level, and how policymakers and others can determine the credibility of information and overcome opposition to evidence that challenges preconceived partisan ideology.

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 11/17 – The path forward: What’s on the horizon for health policy? Seminar 3 [Online]

With the failure of Congress to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, what is the future for both the private insurance market and Medicaid?

Given the uncertainty surrounding federal health policy, HPIO is hosting a series of online seminars where state and national experts will provide analysis of the latest developments in Washington and explain what it could mean to Ohio.

Leanne Gassaway, Senior Vice President of State Affairs, America’s Health Insurance Plans
Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors

 11/29 – 12/1 – Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health [Conference]

Event sponsors include: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Advocate Health Care, Henry Ford Health System, Northwestern Medicine, Presence Health and Trinity Health


HPIO thanks the following sponsors of our 2018 forum series