Public Service Perspectives | Statewide Population Assessments: Grounding Health Services

Friday, December 3, 2021 12pm to 1pm

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This presentation addresses the need for population assessment and surveillance data collection as a guide for fostering analytical balance for administering health and human services. Examples of such data include: (1) The Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey (OMAS), a population-based health services, health risks, and health care access survey of approximately 30,000 Ohio residents; (2) the Ohio Medicaid Released Enrollees Study (OMRES), which examines the impact of being enrolled in Medicaid prior to release from a State of Ohio corrections facility as a strategy to assist physical and mental health and to prevent recidivism; and (3) the Ohio COVID-19 Survey, which, since April of 2020, has tracked the impact of the pandemic on employment, family socioeconomic stress, physical and mental health, and prevention practices. Select findings will be shared throughout the presentation.

 

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Timothy R. Sahr directs various research and applied projects relating to the health care system, health risk behaviors, public health, and the health status of Ohioans. His interests include social epidemiology, survey research, determinants of health, adolescent health, family violence prevention, and political theology and health. Tim has authored/coauthored numerous reports examining health issues in Ohio, a number of professional briefs and articles, and has delivered hundreds of lectures/presentations on various public health, health policy, and religion and health topics. Sahr holds graduate degrees from Princeton and Ohio State, was an Honors Program student at the University of Oxford, and attended Anderson University. Currently, Tim is the principle/co-principle investigator for the 2021 Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey, 2021 Ohio Medicaid Released Enrollees Evaluation, the Ohio COVID-19 Survey, the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation, the 2021 Ohio Pregnancy Assessment Survey, the Ohio Medicaid Community Engagement Evaluation, and various other studies. Tim is the co-originator of the Practice-Based Epidemiology public health practitioner methods training series and a contributor to the initiative Time, Health, and Secularization in America. Tim’s prior employment included Director of Research at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, Head of Research at the Franklin County, Ohio, Board of Health, and survey and social researcher with Gallup Poll/Gallup International.  

 

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