Ohio's COVID-19 Populations Needs Assessment is a statewide evaluation that aims to improve the ability of Ohioans to prevent COVID-19 transmission and minimize its impacts on communities. Based on input from 363 stakeholders representing six Ohio populations, this document describes critical barriers these communities face and recommends strategies for overcoming each barrier. This Needs Assessment describes specific actions that networks of collaborators at community, local, and state levels can take to facilitate access to COVID-19 protections, reduce infections and deaths, and set the stage for long-term reduced health disparities and improved health outcomes across the state. The Needs Assessment can be used to inform COVID-19 response, recovery, research, and policy formulation activities.
Dr. Nemeth is Assistant Professor in The Ohio State University College of Public Health Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and a Faculty Affiliate of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and of the Ohio State Chronic Brain Injury Program. Dr. Nemeth holds a PhD in Public Health, an MA in Women’s Studies, and a BA in World Religion and Ethics. Dr. Nemeth is an intervention scientist with expertise in gathering information necessary to make public health interventions accessible to priority populations and optimizing behavioral interventions to be delivered in community settings to reduce disparities. She is the Principal Investigator on an NIH funded career development grant to optimize a smoking cessation intervention for homeless youth and of an Ohio State Chronic Brain Injury grant to understand community health center needs in identifying and treating brain injury among domestic violence survivors.
Dr. Padamsee is Assistant Professor and PhD Program Director in The Ohio State University College of Public Health Division of Health Services Management and Policy, and a Faculty Affiliate of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Padamsee holds PhD and MA degrees in Sociology, a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, and a BA in Psychology. Dr. Padamsee is a health disparities researcher who conducts research at the intersections of social inequality, health care systems, and public policies. She is the Principal Investigator of the Daughter, Sister, Mother Project, which conducts studies to understand risk-management decision making among diverse women at high risk of breast cancer. She is also the recipient of multiple federal and foundation grants and serves as a qualitative methodologist and mixed-methods consultant on studies of topics ranging from opioid misuse to contraceptive access.