Policy Basics

Ohio Health Value Review- August 2023

November 3, 2023

August 2023

The Ohio Health Value Review is a quarterly electronic update from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio designed to highlight opportunities for policymakers and stakeholders to improve health value in Ohio. 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.

Health value graphic

In May, HPIO released the fifth edition of its biennial Health Value Dashboard. The 2023 Dashboard found that Ohio ranks 44th in the nation in health value, a combination of population health and healthcare spending. This means that Ohioans are less healthy and spend more on health care than people in most other states. Ohio is one of only two states, along with West Virginia, to rank in the bottom quartile in both population health and healthcare spending (as displayed in the graphic below).

The Dashboard identified specific areas of strength on which Ohio can build to create opportunities for improved health value in the state. One of those areas is strengthening Ohio’s workforce and reducing poverty by building upon recent success in attracting employers in high-growth industries.

Ohio’s workforce is facing serious challenges. Labor force participation, as illustrated below, continues its long-term decline, with Ohio falling behind most other states. However, the state’s strong manufacturing base, strategic location and educational infrastructure has attracted major employers, such as Intel, Honda, Ford and LG Energy Solutions, to invest in the state in the past few years. Ohio is home to 200 corporate headquarters, 14 public universities and 23 community colleges. Further building upon these strengths can lead to a robust workforce that meets the needs of employers, re-invigorates local communities and increase earnings, which will, in turn, reduce poverty and improve health.

Line graph showing labor force participation rate in Ohio from 2007-2022

Health value resources

The resources below, organized by the domains in HPIO’s Health Value Dashboard, 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

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