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ICYMI: New HPIO Health Value Dashboard ranks Ohio near bottom

Last week, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio released the latest edition of its Health Value Dashboard.

Ohio ranks 47 in the nation in health value compared to other states and D.C. according to the latest edition of the Dashboard. That means that Ohioans live less healthy lives and spend more on health care than people in most other states. Ohio’s overall health value ranking was 47 in 2014, 46 in 2017 and 46 in 2019.

The Dashboard found that Ohio’s healthcare spending is mostly on costly downstream care to treat health problems. This is largely because of a lack of attention and effective action in the following areas:

  • Children. Childhood adversity and trauma have long-term consequences
  • Equity. Ohioans with the worst outcomes face systemic disadvantages
  • Prevention. Sparse public health workforce leads to missed opportunities for prevention