248345 Ohio Family Health Survey: Policy and program assistance in Ohio

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 1:42 PM

Timothy Sahr, MPH, MA, ThM, MDiv , Government Resource Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Eric Seiber, PhD , College of Public Health, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Lorin Ranbom, MA , Government Resource Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
The 2010 Ohio Family Health Survey Series (OFHS) are comprised of complex-designed stratified random surveys that target issues relating to health system utilization, types of health insurance coverage, health care access, Medicaid participation, health behaviors, micro and macro social determinants of health, and health demographics at the state, regional, and county levels. The OFHS is used as a primary reference for health care policy, governmental health programming, and community advocacy in Ohio. These data sets were used in Ohio's health care reform and health-associated biennium budget processes, regional rebalancing of access to care for economically stressed communities, and local public health program planning and assessment. In this presentation, we will describe the survey's use in Ohio's health care reform predictions concerning expansion of health coverage through Medicaid, a health exchange, increased employer-sponsored health insurance, and high-risk pool assignment. We will also describe the countywide reform of the access to care structure, including child Medicaid outreach and county-specific wrap-around services in Mahoning, Greene and Franklin counties (Youngstown, Xenia and Columbus). How to distribute data/information to various levels of government will be addressed, with a concentration on unifying the local to state-level messages will be emphasized.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. To provide examples of health policy assistance at the state and local levels 2. To analyze and use local survey data to assist health care reform 3. Distribute of health survey information to local and state policy stakeholders

Keywords: Survey, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: P.I. for the Ohio Family Health Survey Series
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.