Policy Basics

Ohio Health Value Review- March 2021

September 30, 2021


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


March 2021

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 January, HPIO released a fact sheet titled “Taking Action: Eliminating Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality” that includes troubling infant mortality disparities data in Ohio and highlights themes from previous recommendations on what can drive change and move Ohio forward.

For many years, Ohio’s infant mortality rate has been higher than most other states. Ohio’s policymakers and health leaders have acted on this issue through multiple advisory committees, collaborative efforts, investments, legislation and other policy changes. These efforts contributed to a 10% decline in the overall infant mortality rate from 2009 to 2019. However, as illustrated in the graphic below, racial disparities in Ohio’s infant mortality rate have increased by 26% in the last decade. In 2019, the Black infant mortality rate was nearly three times higher than the white rate.

Infant mortality rate (per 100,000 births) by race, Ohio (2009-2019)

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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

Physical environment

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

Chronic disease

Maternal and infant health


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