Ohio Health Value Review

February 2024

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

Last spring, 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. That 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).

HPIO typically releases a Dashboard every other year to coincide with the passage of the state’s biennium budget process. HPIO has made the strategic decision to adjust its release schedule so that the Dashboard is complete before the state budget process begins, meaning work is underway for a 2024 Dashboard, which will be released in April. Future Dashboards would be released every even-numbered year.


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.

Hospital Cost Tool 3.0

National Academy for State Health Policy

Health Cost and Affordability Policy Issues and Trends to Watch in 2024

Kaiser Family Foundation

State Policy Trends to Improve Perinatal Health Outcomes

Commonwealth Fund

Strategies to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Ohio: Promoting positive social norms and intervening to lessen harm –


Let’s Get It Right: Consistent Measurement of the Drivers of Health

Commonwealth Fund

Social Media and Adolescent Health

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Connections between criminal justice and health: Impacts on children and families


Navigating Climate-Related Threats to the Public’s Health

Trust for America’s Health

December 2023 Climate and Health Outlook

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

Place Matters: Navigating Heart Health Through Place-Based Policy

RAND Corporation

Ohio Medicaid Basics Update: Unwinding of the Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Provision


Ensuring Access to Behavioral Health Providers

Commonwealth Fund

Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

State Options for Making Hospital Financial Assistance Programs More Accessible

Commonwealth Fund

Environmental Scan on Consolidation Trends and Impacts in Health Care Markets

RAND Corporation

State Options for Making Hospital Financial Assistance Programs More Accessible

Commonwealth Fund

How community health workers navigate the infant and maternal health space in Ohio

Center for Community Solutions

What Will It Take to Bring Equity to Federal Nutrition Support Programs?

American Public Health Association

Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Building and Maintaining Infrastructure beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

Government Accountability Office

Unequal Treatment Revisited: The Current State of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: Proceedings of a Workshop –

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Incorporating an Anti-Ageist and Anti-Ableist Lens into DEI Work

American Society on Aging

How History Has Shaped Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: A Timeline of Policies and Events

Kaiser Family Foundation