Policy Basics

Ohio Health Value Review– April 2019

August 1, 2019

To see the most current edition of the Ohio Health Value Review click here

April 2019

The Ohio Health Value Review is a quarterly electronic update from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio designed to strengthen connections between public health and healthcare partners in Ohio and highlight opportunities for different sectors to work together to improve health value in our state. If you have questions about the newsletter or have suggested tools or resources you would like to see included in future editions, please contact Nick Wiselogel, HPIO’s Vice President of Strategic Communications.

New HPIO Dashboard shows Ohio has work to do to increase health value

Ohio ranks 46th in the nation in the Health Policy Institute of Ohio’s 2019 Health Value Dashboard, which ranks states and the District of Columbia on a combination of population health and healthcare spending metrics.

The Dashboard shows that Ohioans are less healthy (43rd in population health) and spend more on health care (28th in healthcare spending) than people in other states.

“While Ohio continues to rank in the bottom quartile on health value, there are many evidence-informed opportunities we can pursue to improve our outcomes, both through policy change and public-private sector collaboration,” said HPIO President Amy Rohling McGee. “Improvement is possible, and this year the Dashboard includes more evidence-informed strategies that policymakers can use to address the challenges Ohio faces.”

The Dashboard is unique in its emphasis on “health value,” a ranking that considers both population health and healthcare spending rather than health outcomes alone. The Dashboard also takes a more comprehensive approach in looking at health by evaluating social, economic and physical environments – which are significant contributors to overall health.

The 2019 Health Value Dashboard is the third edition of the rankings. HPIO released its first Dashboard in late 2014. Ohio ranked 46th in the 2017 Dashboard and 47th in health value in the inaugural edition.

The data collection and analysis for the Dashboard was conducted in partnership with the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. The metrics were selected by a wide array of experts who participated in an advisory group and workgroups convened by HPIO.


Health value graphic

The graphic below, created by HPIO for its 2019 Health Value Dashboard, shows where Ohio ranks on population health, healthcare spending and health value, compared to other states and D.C.

*The domain and subdomain ranks are the composite of individual metric ranks. For example, adult smoking is a metric under the health behaviors subdomain of population health.

Note: Health value rank equally weights the population health and healthcare spending domains. The rank is not an average of population health and healthcare spending rank. For more details, see the methodology section on the 2019 Health Value Dashboard webpage


Health value resources

 The resources below can be used to help improve health value in Ohio.

Population health and healthcare spending

Social and economic environment

Physical environment

Access to care

Healthcare system

Public health and prevention

Health equity 


State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) priority topics

The 2017-2019 SHIP, facilitated by HPIO under contract with the Ohio Department of Health, lays out specific steps to achieve measurable improvements on key priorities. Below are resources that address those priority areas.

Mental health and addiction

Chronic disease

Maternal and infant health