Institute for Health Innovation
Formed in 2015, the Institute for Health Innovation of the Ohio Hospital Association is dedicated to providing resources to develop and implement strategies focused in the areas of:
Accelerating Health Care Quality
Ohio hospitals and health systems establish and sustain a culture of safety and unrelenting quality
Integrating Transition of Patient Care
Ohio hospitals will collaborate with other care providers to deliver integrated, patient-centric care
Collect and share data
Promote best practices
Advancing Community Health
Ohio hospitals lead efforts to improve the health of their communities.
Facilitate learning and interaction
Support public health initiatives
Prepare for disasters
Mission: to evaluate, focus and engage in change activities that lead and enable the pursuit of excellence in safety and quality and in improving the health of our communities.
Ohio hospitals and health systems have established a remarkable legacy of beneficial health care programs in communities across Ohio. In 2013, OHA established a dedicated population health management initiative to continue partnerships and collaborations with members and community organizations to ensure a healthy Ohio. This work continues today within the Institute.
“Health starts where we work, play and live.”
From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “A New Way to Talk about Social Determinants of Health”
Population (community) health is not a new concept for Ohio's hospitals and health systems. Through community benefit activities Ohio hospitals provided more than $2.16 billion in community programs and services in 2014. For more, see OHA's recent "Healing Ohio Communities" Community Benefit Report
OHA's population health efforts focus on the improvement of the health outcomes of a defined group of people. Population health management requires collaboration among leaders in the health care, government, education, business, and faith-based. Health outcomes (length of life and quality of life) depend on health factors such as:
Social and economic factors - education, employment, income, family and social support and community safety
Health behaviors - tobacco use, diet and exercise, alcohol and drug use, and sexual activity
Clinical care - access to care and quality of care
Physical environment - quality of air and water, amenities (parks, walkways, bike paths, etc.) housing and transit
OHA's Population Health Programs
In response to Ohio's horrible infant mortality rate, OHA launched a hospital campaign, Good4Baby that focuses on promoting infant safe sleep, eliminating early elective deliveries and supporting breastfeeding.
A "Eat Healthy" initiative that encourages healthier choices by making positive changes to the food and beverage environment. Campaign offers resources that hospitals can model healthy eating to support the health of employees, visitors and the communities they serve.
In 2016, Ohio's counties were ranked in a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Click here to view report.
Ohio's Health Rankings
In 2016, Ohio is 40th in the country for overall health based on the America's Health Rankings United Health Foundation report, moving down from 39th in 2015. Other rankings for Ohio include: 42nd for infant mortality, 42nd for smoking, 34th for diabetes, and 24th for obesity.
Institute Board of Directors
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