Throughout the past two decades, Ohio’s performance on population health outcomes has declined relative to other states. To help reverse this trend, the state is aligning Ohio’s capacity to improve population health and address disparities in health outcomes. To support these efforts, ODH is making new tools available on its website that state and local public/private stakeholders can use to compile and analyze data and other information for use in population health planning. In January 2016, ODH, the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation and the Ohio Department of Medicaid released a report on Improving Population Health Planning in Ohio. The report, developed with the assistance of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, includes recommendations to improve data collection and reporting as well as transparency and accessibility to community health assessments and health plans and other information. A new State Health Improvement Plan released early last year further recommended that the state provide a health data warehouse that state and local public and private stakeholders can use to compile and analyze data at the state and local levels for population health planning. To help fulfill this recommendation, ODH has launched a State of Ohio Health Facts website. In addition, a new state law (Ohio Revised Code §3701.981) requires Ohio’s local health departments and tax-exempt hospitals to submit to ODH their local community health assessments and community health improvement plans. In addition, tax-exempt hospitals are required to submit copies of their IRS Form 990 Schedule H, which provides information on the activities and policies of, and community benefit provided by, the hospital during the tax year. The law also requires ODH to provide an online repository of all of this information, which the agency is making available organized by county on its Population Health Plans and Assessments webpage.

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