ODH Releases New State Health Improvement Plan

The Ohio Department of Health on Friday released Ohio’s 2020 – 2022 State Health Improvement Plan, or SHIP, which aims to strengthen state and local efforts to improve health, well-being and economic vitality in Ohio by focusing on health equity and improving indicators including community conditions, health behaviors and access to care.

ODH uses the SHIP as Ohio’s roadmap to address the many challenges identified in the 2019 State Health Assessment. The SHIP and Basic Guidance document, which describe planning and alignment processes for local health departments and hospitals, are available on ODH’s SHIP webpage.

In releasing the plan, Laura Rooney, of the ODH Office of Performance and Innovation, said: “Many thanks to the hospital systems in providing content and feedback in developing the SHIP. Opportunities for learning more about implementation, collaboration and sharing will be made available in the near future.”

Thirteen state agencies were part of the Steering Committee and nearly 180 stakeholders and experts from around the state participated in an Advisory Committee to help set the objectives and select strategies aimed to improve health factors and outcomes identified in the SHIP.

ODH plans to continue engaging state agencies, local health departments, hospitals and stakeholders in a collaborative process to align initiatives and monitor the direction of health factors and outcomes, particularly as the state assesses the response to COVID-19.