Ohio State public health professors present at state of Ohio health conference

February 21, 2013 by Bri Loesch | CPH Communications
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Ohio State public health professors present at state of Ohio health conference

With the release of data at a conference on its current health landscape, Ohio has become one of the few states with the data infrastructure to measure the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Amy Ferketich, associate professor of epidemiology, and Eric Seiber, assistant professor of health services management and policy, presented research on Medicaid in Ohio at the Feb. 21 conference, “Key Findings Concerning Ohio’s Current Health Landscape and Medicaid Expansion,” at the Columbus Public Health Department.

The purpose of the meeting was to examine the results from the 2012 Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey (OMAS) on health status, determinants, and access to care of Ohio’s Medicaid, Medicaid-eligible, and non-Medicaid populations.

Ferketich presented on adult and child health status in Ohio. She discussed the increase in fair to poor health status and obesity in adults over time, as well as the essentially unchanged prevalence of smoking and binge drinking. She also presented on the increase in fair to poor health status and asthma in children, as well as the slight decrease in overweight and obesity status in children 11-17 years.

Seiber followed with his presentation on health insurance and access to care. He spoke on insurance coverage, usual source of care, ER emergency room use and medical visits, and difficulty securing care. 

Seiber explained that the decline of employer-sponsored insurance has slowed and that the uninsured are the largest group in the Medicaid expansion population. He also said that little change in emergency room use over the last decade has occurred. In regard to source of care, most Ohioans report a usual source of care, but fewer will reach a medical home.

“These results establish an important baseline for the proposed 2014 Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act,” Seiber said. “Ohio is one of the few states that has established the data infrastructure to monitor the effect of the law.”

Bo Lu, assistant professor of biostatistics at the College of Public Health, is the lead statistician on the survey design and analysis.

“OMAS 2012 implemented a complex telephone survey design— a dual-frame design, which samples people using either landline phones or cellphones,” Lu said.

“Such design becomes increasing popular in large health surveys throughout the country because it maximizes the coverage of the targeted population.”

PhD students Rachel Tumin, Ling Want, and Robert Ashmead also participated in the project.

The conference was hosted by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center in conjunction with the Office of Medical Assistance and the Ohio Department of Health. 



The Ohio State University's College of Public Health is an integral part of the most comprehensive health sciences campus in the nation. The college was created in February 2007 by the University Board of Trustees. First established in 1995 as part of the College of Medicine, we are the first accredited school of public health in the state of Ohio. Specializations within the college include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, health services management and policy, veterinary public health, and clinical and translational science. The college is currently ranked 19th among all public health graduate schools by US News & World Report. The College of Public Health’s Master of Health Administration program is ranked 10th.
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