Policy Basics

Ohio Health Value Review- December 2020

March 25, 2021

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


December 2020

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.

Health value graphic

Data and research evidence are clear that racism is a systemic and ongoing crisis with serious consequences for the health and well-being of Ohioans. In August, HPIO released a data brief, “Connections between Racism and Health: Taking Action to Eliminate Racism and Advance Equity” and an accompanying resource page to support state and local efforts to dismantle racism.

The brief highlights the pervasive and avoidable disparities in health outcomes experienced by communities of color. For example, Ohioans of color have a higher prevalence of preventable health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. Key indicators of overall well-being, such as life expectancy, infant mortality and maternal morbidity, further illustrate disparities in communities of color. On average, Black Ohioans are expected to live almost four years less than white Ohioans. The graphic below illustrates disparities in overall health status by race and ethnicity in Ohio.

Percent of Ohio adults who report poor or fair health status, by race/ethnicity


Health value resources

The 2019 Health Value Dashboard found that Ohio ranks 46 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia on health value, landing in the bottom quartile. This means that Ohioans are living less healthy lives and spending more on health care than people in most other states. In the Dashboard, HPIO prioritized nine evidence-based strategies that work to improve health value focused on:
  • Creating opportunities for all Ohio children to thrive
  • Investing upstream in employment, housing and transportation
  • Building and sustaining a high-quality addiction prevention, treatment and recovery system
The resources below provide additional information that can be used to improve health value in Ohio.

Population health and healthcare spending

State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) priority topics

The newly distributed 2020-2022 SHIP, facilitated by HPIO under contract with the Ohio Department of Health, lays out specific steps to achieve measurable improvements on three priority health outcomes. Below are resources that address those priority areas.

Mental health and addiction


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