College of Public Health tasked with evaluating state health department’s prevention and intervention programs


The Ohio Department of Health recently awarded The Ohio State University College of Public Health with a $255,000 contract to assess several of the state health department’s highest-profile prevention and intervention programs. Evaluations will be conducted of the following ODH programs: Creating Healthy Communities, Injury Prevention Sub-Grantee Planning and Technical Assistance, Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone), State Violence and Injury Prevention, and the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention program.  The project will be housed in Ohio State’s Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies and will involve faculty from the College of Public Health and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the College of Public Health to deepen its strong collaborative relationships with the Ohio State Department of Health, and position ourselves for future productive interactions,” said Allard E. Dembe, director of the Center for HOPES. “It’s also a great opportunity for building new relationships between a diverse set of individuals and collaborators in our college.”

Ohio State team members for this project include Professors Allard E. Dembe, Thomas Wickizer, Lara McKenzie, Wendy Xu, Amy Ferketich, Liz Klein, Sarah Anderson, and Research Specialists Diana Reindl, and Lauren Phelps. They will work to develop techniques for measuring each outcome, determining how the results can be used for improvement program quality and effectiveness.


About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 19th among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, and also includes the top 10-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).