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Institute for Health Innovation

Established 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.
  • Conduct research
  • Collect and share data
  • Promote best practices
Integrating Transition of Patient Care
Ohio hospitals will collaborate with other care providers to deliver integrated, patient-centric care.
  • Facilitate learning and interaction
  • Project Management
Advancing Community Health
Ohio hospitals lead efforts to improve the health of their communities.
  • Promote wellness
  • 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.

Population Health

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 OHA 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 sleepeliminating 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.

Ohio's Health Rankings 

In 2016, Ohio's counties were ranked in a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Click here to view report.
In 2016, Ohio ranks 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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