Policy Basics

Ohio Health Value Review– June 2020

September 18, 2020


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June 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

In February, HPIO released Ohio Medicaid Basics: A Closer Look at Health Behaviors,” a policy brief that highlights evidence-informed policy options that the Ohio Department of Medicaid and managed care plans can advance within the healthcare system to support healthy behaviors among enrollees.

The graphic below illustrates how, because Ohioans with lower incomes face barriers to making healthy choices, this group tends to engage in unhealthy behaviors at higher rates than Ohioans with higher incomes. According to a literature review, health behaviors account for about 25% of disparities in health outcomes between groups with high and low socioeconomic status (i.e., income and/or education). This means that efforts to support healthy choices among Ohioans with low incomes are critical to eliminating gaps in outcomes and achieving health equity.

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

Social and economic environment

Access to care

Healthcare system

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