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In October, HPIO released a Data Snapshot detailing trends in mental health among Ohioans.

Ohio does relatively well compared to other states in providing care to those with mental health challenges, according to HPIO’s 2021 Health Value Dashboard.
However, the percent of Ohioans reporting poor mental health (as displayed in the graphic above) is increasing.
The HPIO Data Snapshot includes visualizations on mental health prevalence and trends in Ohio (frequent poor mental health days and depression), access to mental health care and quality and trends in suicide in Ohio. It also includes a list of resources to improve mental health in Ohio.

HPIO seeking candidates for multiple positions

Join the dedicated and collaborative team at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio in working to ensure that every Ohioan can reach their full health potential. HPIO has opportunities for professionals at various levels of career development. HPIO’s mission is to advance evidence-informed policies that improve health, advance equity, and lead to sustainable healthcare spending.

Full-time positions available are: 

HPIO salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience and expertise. 

Among the reasons current employees love working at HPIO are: 

  • “Working with a small team of dedicated individuals who want to put out the very best products and work together to achieve goals is wonderful.”
  • “No two days are exactly the same at HPIO and we’re always working on new topics and collaborating with new partners.”
  • “Your voice is heard. Every member of HPIO’s staff has a say in the work we do.”

HPIO is an equal opportunity employer that offers a generous benefit package as well as a flexible hybrid work environment. 

To learn more about specific responsibilities and qualifications for the positions listed above, as well as how to apply, visit HPIO’s website.

Please consider sharing this announcement with your network or anyone you know who may be interested.

Newly released data dashboard spotlights health, well-being of Ohio’s young children

Groundwork Ohio, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research, policy and advocacy organization that champions high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies from the prenatal period to age five, released its first Early Childhood Dashboard this week.

Groundwork Ohio contracted with HPIO to facilitate the development of the Dashboard, including compilation and analysis of data. The Dashboard is a comprehensive snapshot of Ohio’s performance on more than 60 key metrics that examine the systems, community conditions and outcomes required to ensure that young children in Ohio are healthy and ready to learn.

“Prioritizing Ohio’s youngest begins with data,” wrote Groundwork Ohio President and CEO Shannon Jones in the introduction to the Dashboard.

Groundwork Ohio describes the Dashboard as a “tool to advance equity and catalyze advocacy and action needed to lay a strong foundation for Ohio kids (prenatal to age 5), families and communities.”

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Last week, HPIO released a new Health Value Dashboard policy brief titled “A closer look at outdoor air pollution and health.” Among the findings in the brief are that Black Ohioans have an almost 1.5 times higher risk of air pollution exposure than white Ohioans, as displayed in the graphic above. Much of that difference can be explained by historic zoning policies and redlining that placed industrial plants and highways closer to predominantly Black neighborhoods and prohibited Black people from living in areas that did not have these sources of pollution near them. These policies increased both past and present risk of exposure to air pollution for Black Ohioans. Similar policy decisions made by federal, state and local officials left Black neighborhoods with less maintenance services (e.g., garbage removal and street cleaning) and without green spaces like parks. Because of these discriminatory policies and their lasting impact, people of color across the U.S. are exposed to higher levels of harmful air pollution regardless of region (i.e., urban or rural areas) or income level.

HPIO will be hosting a 30-minute webinar to highlight findings from the brief on Thursday, Feb. 16. at 1 p.m.  For more details and to register, visit: https://www.healthpolicyohio.org/webinar-outdoor-air-pollution-and-health/ 

HPIO releases new brief on link between outdoor air pollution, health in Ohio

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The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released a new 2021 Health Value Dashboard policy brief titled “A closer look at outdoor air pollution and health.”

Clean air and water, safe places to walk outside and access to healthy food are examples of conditions in the physical environment that affect the health and well-being of Ohioans. Outdoor air quality is included in the 2021 Health Value Dashboard™, where Ohio ranked 46th, meaning that most other states have cleaner outdoor air.

The brief found that there are differences in air pollution exposure from county to county, as illustrated in the graphic above. Hamilton and Cuyahoga counties have the highest levels of PM2.5 air pollution in the state, with high levels also reported across western and central Ohio.

Analysis by HPIO has found that the physical environment (including outdoor air quality) is strongly connected to a state’s overall health, only surpassed by public health and prevention. In fact, analysis of 2021 Dashboard data finds that the physical environment has a much stronger correlation with the overall health of a state than access to care or healthcare system performance.

The policy brief focuses on the importance of clean air and provides additional information on the outdoor air quality metric in the Dashboard, including how:

  • Air pollution affects health outcomes
  • Recent policy changes may affect air pollution
  • Outdoor air quality can be improved in Ohio

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Analysis included in HPIO’s policy brief, Health Impacts of Tobacco Use in Ohio, found that while overall smoking rates have declined over the past three decades, this has not been the case for people with low incomes. As a result, low-income communities experience a much greater impact of tobacco use than communities with higher incomes. In 1995, Ohioans with very low incomes (less than $15,000 a year) were 36% more likely than those with higher incomes ($50,000 or more a year) to smoke cigarettes. By 2020, this gap had increased to 107%, as illustrated in the graphic above.

Special edition: Looking forward, looking back


We get it, you are busy and it’s hard to keep up with everything that comes into your inbox. Our team at HPIO has been very busy this year too. As 2022 wraps up, we are using this edition of Ohio Health Policy News to share a few highlights of our work from this year, organized by the three main types of work we do. You can also find previews of some of what we have planned for 2023.  

Thank you for your continued interest in our work and your support of our mission to advance evidence-informed policies that improve health, achieve equity and lead to sustainable health care spending. 


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New analysis from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio has found air quality across the country, including Ohio, has improved in recent years because of federal policy changes, such as the Clean Air Act. Ohio’s air quality is now better than the U.S., although the state still has room to improve to ensure that Ohioans are breathing clean air. While much of this improvement results from federal legislation, state and local policymakers have a role to play in improving air quality in the state.
The analysis will be included in a new Health Value Dashboard spin-off brief that HPIO plans to release next month. The brief will take a closer look at the link between outdoor air quality and health and provide additional information on the outdoor air quality metric in the Dashboard, including how:

  • Air pollution affects health outcomes
  • Recent policy changes may affect air pollution
  • Outdoor air quality can improve in Ohio 

UPDATED (01.13.2023): Since the publication of this graphic by HPIO, the source updated data for air quality from 2018-2020, which altered the Ohio and US values. Updated data can be found on the America's Health Ranking website. An updated version of the graphic is included in HPIO's January 2023 policy brief Health Value Dashboard: A Closer Look at Outdoor Air Pollution and Health.

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In October, HPIO released a publication detailing the state’s progress in taking action on four key evidence-informed strategies to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): Early childhood education, early childhood home visiting, medical-legal partnerships and family income supports.

Among the findings in the brief are that the need for home visiting services is greater among groups of Ohioans most at risk for childhood adversity (as illustrated in the graphic above). For example, while 38.2% of Hispanic children, ages 0-5, in Ohio were exposed to ACEs, only 8.7% of the pregnant women and primary caregivers receiving ODH- and ODM-funded home visiting services were Hispanic in Federal fiscal year 2021.

HPIO is hosting an online forum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 to highlight the four key strategies from the brief. Speakers at the forum will include:

  • Marie Curry, Managing Attorney, Community Legal Aid
  • Dr. Robert Kahn, VP for Health Equity Strategy and the Fisher Child Health Equity Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Robyn Lutz, Administrative Nurse Manager Labor and Delivery, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center
  • Jeanne Wickliffe, Program Manager Maternal Infant Home Visiting Program, The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • And more to be announced!