Publications

Publications

The publications listed below, produced by Interact for Health (formerly known as The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati), are available in PDF by clicking on the appropriate title (requires Acrobat Reader).

 

Topics

 

Access to Care
Capacity Building
Children's Health
Criminal Justice
Evaluation
General Health
Health Resource
Mental Health
Overviews and Survey Results
Substance Use Disorders

 

Access to Care

 

  • Kentuckians' Experiences with Having a Medical Home (July 2010): This was one issue covered in the 2009 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). According to the Poll, 82% of Kentuckians have a medical home. Read the data release here.

 

 

 

  • Physicians and Charity Care in Greater Cincinnati (November 2008): This is a summary on the Greater Cincinnati Physician Study that assessed the current level of uncompensated care provided by physicians in the Greater Cincinnati region. Read the summary here.

 

 

 

  • Health Links: Your Guide to Health Care Resources in Greater Cincinnati (May 2008): People need a regular source of medical and dental care to stay healthy. If you don't have a regular source of care, this guide can help you find this care and learn about the region's healthcare system.

 

 

 

 

  • Physician Recruitment and Retention in Greater Cincinnati (March 2008): This study discusses if the Greater Cincinnati region has enough physicians and specialists to provide care for the people who live here. Working with the Doctors' Foundation, the Health Foundation commissioned this paper to learn more about physician recruitment and retention in Greater Cincinnati. Read the study here.

 

 

  • Exploring Primary Care Services and Resources in Greater Cincinnati: A Chart Book of the Issues (January 2006): This chart book presents data about where primary care services and resources are located in the 20-county region, focusing on community health centers and preventable hospital use. Read the chart book here.

 

 

 

  • Exploring Primary Care Services and Resources in Greater Cincinnati: An Overview of the Issues (July 2006): This companion to the chart book provides an overview of primary care services and resources, focusing on community health centers and preventable hospital use. Read the overview here.

 

 

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Capacity Building

 

  • Getting In Print: An informal study of how newspapers cover health-related foundations and the impact on media strategies (July 2007): This report aims to provide some perspective and ideas for health foundations and nonprofits that may be useful in discussing media and communications strategies. The first section summarizes the makeup and findings of the study. The second section includes a summary and conclusions from each of the six print media markets that were chosen for the study. Read the report here.

 

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Children's Health

 

  • School-based health centers in Greater Cincinnati: Improving student health to promote community well-being (March 2013, updated 2014) Recognizing the fundamental connection between student health, academic achievement and stable communities, The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has spearheaded a public-private initiative to improve access to care for area students by funding school-based health centers. Today some 25,000 students in the Greater Cincinnati region have access to 26 school-based health centers, and the number continues to grow. This report looks at the school-based health center model, how the Health Foundation brought together a coalition to improve healthcare access for students in Cincinnati Public Schools and how students are benefitting from the health centers. To read the report, click here.

 

  • Evaluation of Healthcare Costs and Utilization among Medicaid Recipients in Schools with School-Based Health Centers Final Report (August 2005): This study was designed to measure the cost effectiveness of these school-based health centers (SBHCs). This study focused on four SBHCs in three urban and one rural Ohio school districts in Greater Cincinnati. Two Ohio schools without SBHCs, one urban and one rural, served as comparison schools. The study period for this report covered five-and-a-half years, from September 1997 to February 2003 (5.5 calendar years). This study looked at the 5,506 students who were enrolled in the six schools and in the Ohio Medicaid program. Read the study here.

 

  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes of Students Using School-Based Health Centers Public Survey Report (August 2005): This survey consisted of all students enrolled at eight selected public schools with SBHCs, their parents, and school staff. Read the survey here.

 

 

 

  • A Prescription for Success (August 2005): This report summarizes two studies on school-based health centers and their effect on student health status, use of healthcare services and attendance, and costs to the system. Read the report here.

 

 

 

  • A Prescription for Success Executive Summary (August 2005): This summary presents the high-level findings of two studies on school-based health centers and their affect on student health status, use of healthcare services and attendance, and costs to the system. Read the summary here.

 

 

  • The Need for Behavioral Health Services for School-Age Children: A Survey of Students in Southwestern Ohio (June 2003): The Butler County Mental Health Board, the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, and Mental Health and Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties collectively decided to do a broad needs assessments of the students in their counties to determine the extent and depths of students' needs. Read the assessment here.

 

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Criminal Justice

 

  • Substance Use Disorder and Severe Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System Initiative: Between 1999 and 2008, the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati awarded $12 million in 99 grants to improve the health of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system. Vast majorities of the grant projects reported positive client outcomes, including improved mental health, reduced substance use and reduced recidivism. The report was written by the Urban Institute, an organization in Washington, D.C., that conducts nonpartisan economic and social policy research. Read the full report here.

  • Spanning Systems: Lessons Learned from the Substance Use Disorder and Severe Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System Initiative (Nov. 2012): This report summarizes an analysis of the Foundation's Substance Use Disorder and Severe Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice Initiative by the Urban Institute, an organization in Washington, D.C., that conducts nonpartisan economic and social policy research. Among the lessons learned: planning is critical, collaboration is key, and data collection is difficult but important to ensure the success and sustainability of projects. Read the report here.

 

  • Interim Grantmaking Report - Substance Use Disorders and Severe Mental Illnesses in the Criminal Justice System (March 2009): This interim report presents an overview of the initiative and what the Health Foundation has learned so far about funding grants that address substance use disorders and severe mental illnesses in the criminal justice system. It combines the results of a feasibility study we conducted in 2007 with grant results and thoughts from our Senior Program Officers. We have also included quotes from our grantees in the margins of this report to give their perspective. Read the report here.

 

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Evaluation

 

  • Where We Are Now: Results from the 2010 Grantee Perception Survey (November 2011) - We asked the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) to survey our grantees about how we work with them. CEP compiled our grantees' feedback and compared our ratings with other funders and with our 2003 results. The resulting report tells us where we're strong, where we're improving and where we have room to grow. To read the report, click here.

 

 

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General Health

 

  • Physician Recruitment and Retention in Greater Cincinnati (March 2008): This study discusses if the Greater Cincinnati region has enough physicians and specialists to provide care for the people who live here. Working with the Doctors' Foundation, the Health Foundation commissioned this paper to learn more about physician recruitment and retention in Greater Cincinnati. Read the study here.

 

 

  • 2005 Greater Cincinnati Hispanic/Latino Health Survey: This report presents the results of a survey of Hispanic/Latino adults in Greater Cincinnati, conducted in Fall 2005. Topics include access to care, acculturation, cigarette and alcohol use, health insurance coverage, health status, mental health, and prenatal care and birth outcomes, as well as a demographic overview of respondents.

 

 

 

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Health Resource

 

  • Health Links: Your Guide to Health Care Resources in Greater Cincinnati (May 2008): People need a regular source of medical and dental care to stay healthy. If you don't have a regular source of care, this guide can help you find this care and learn about the region's healthcare system.

 

 

 

 

  • Physician Recruitment and Retention in Greater Cincinnati (March 2008): This study discusses if the Greater Cincinnati region has enough physicians and specialists to provide care for the people who live here. Working with the Doctors' Foundation, the Health Foundation commissioned this paper to learn more about physician recruitment and retention in Greater Cincinnati. Read the study here.

 

 

  • Catalyst for Change: Stories of Change and Transformation (October 2003): This report shares success stories from The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati's first five years of work with its community partners. Read the report here.

 

 

 

 

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Mental Health

 

  • Spanning Systems: Lessons Learned from the Substance Use Disorder and Severe Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System Initiative (Nov. 2012): This report summarizes an analysis of the Foundation's Substance Use Disorder and Severe Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice Initiative by the Urban Institute, an organization in Washington, D.C., that conducts nonpartisan economic and social policy research. Among the lessons learned: planning is critical, collaboration is key, and data collection is difficult but important to ensure the success and sustainability of projects. Read the report here.

 

  • Social Enterprise: What We've Learned (June 2012): This publication examines what worked and what didn’t work during the Health Foundation’s initiative to fund social enterprises. Read the report here.

 

 

 

 

  • What Ohioans Think about Integrating Mental and Physical Health Care (August 2010): To find out what Ohioans think about having mental and physical health services in the same location ��??? whether that is physical health care in a mental health setting, or vice versa ��??? the 2010 Ohio Health Issues Poll asked Ohioans what they think about the integration of mental and physical health care. Read the data release here.

 

 

 

  • Voices of FACT: How Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Changes Lives (May 2009): The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has funded 10 ACT teams in our region, four of which are FACT teams. This is a study of the results of these 10 ACT teams. The Health Foundation heard from consumers, staff and community stakeholders that FACT has changed their lives and their communities. Read the report here.

 

 

 

  • Interim Grantmaking Report - Substance Use Disorders and Severe Mental Illnesses in the Criminal Justice System (March 2009): This interim report presents an overview of the initiative and what the Health Foundation has learned so far about funding grants that address substance use disorders and severe mental illnesses in the criminal justice system. It combines the results of a feasibility study we conducted in 2007 with grant results and thoughts from our Senior Program Officers. We have also included quotes from our grantees in the margins of this report to give their perspective. Read the report here.

 

 

  • Reclaiming 25 Years of Life Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care to Reduce Health Disparities for People with Severe Mental Illnesses (October 2008): Part of our series "Location, Location, Location: Providing Physical Health Care in Other Settings to Increase Access," this white paper presents an overview of the health disparities of people with severe mental illnesses, some of the factors that contribute to these disparities, and two strategies that can be used to address these disparities. Read the paper here.

 

 

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Overviews and Survey Results

 

  • 2012 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP):  Since 2005, the Ohio Health Issues Poll has provided health status and brief socioeconomic profiles of the state combined with public opinion on health-related topics. The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has combined state-level public opinion polls with health assessment surveys to create a powerful tool for health policy development. OHIP is conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati as part of the Ohio Poll. Topics vary by year. In the 2012 poll, we asked questions about the healthcare reform law, access to mental health services, insurance, poverty and health, going into debt to pay for healthcare, fracking, and usual sources of care and wait times. Briefs about these topics, and briefs from previous years, can be found here.

 

  • Substance Use in Southeast Indiana: In June 2012 the Assistance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Center and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati released data about smoking, excessive alcohol use and the misuse of prescription drugs in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties in Southeast Indiana. Read the report about tobacco and alcohol use here. Read the report about prescription drug misuse and disposal here.

 

 

  • 2011 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP): Since 2008, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati have sponsored the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, a telephone survey to find out what Kentuckians think about various health issues that affect our communities, our state and our nation. Topics vary by year. In the 2011 poll, we asked questions about the state's priorities, health insurance, a statewide smoke-free law, misuse and disposal of prescription pain relievers, the Affordable Care Act, childhood obesity, mental health services, caregiving and firearms. Briefs about these topics can be found here. These findings were also published as reports presenting the views of respondents from the following areas:

 

 

  • 2010 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (GCCHSS): This survey gives an in-depth look at the self-reported health status of Greater Cincinnati residents. The results are from interviews with more than 2,000 randomly selected adults residing in a 22-county area, including eight counties in Ohio, nine counties in Kentucky and five counties in Indiana. Topics covered in the 2010 GCCHSS include access to care, insurance coverage, obesity, nutrition and exercise, smoking rates, alcohol use, prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse, and dental and eye health, among others. Briefs and reports from the 2010 survey, which were released between December 2010 and March 2012, can be found here. Briefs and reports from the 2005 survey can be found here.

 

  • 2005 Greater Cincinnati Hispanic/Latino Health Survey: This report presents the results of a survey of Hispanic/Latino adults in Greater Cincinnati, conducted in Fall 2005. Topics include access to care, acculturation, cigarette and alcohol use, health insurance coverage, health status, mental health, and prenatal care and birth outcomes, as well as a demographic overview of respondents.

 

 

 

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Substance Use Disorders

 

  • Spanning Systems: Lessons Learned from the Substance Use Disorder and Severe Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System Initiative (Nov. 2012): This report summarizes an analysis of the Foundation's Substance Use Disorder and Severe Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice Initiative by the Urban Institute, an organization in Washington, D.C., that conducts nonpartisan economic and social policy research. Among the lessons learned: planning is critical, collaboration is key, and data collection is difficult but important to ensure the success and sustainability of projects. Read the report here.

 

  • Supporting Community-Based Substance Abuse Prevention: Lessons learned from 10 years of the ASAP Center (March 2010): This report starts where the ASAP Center began, with an understanding of substance ASAP: A Support System for Community-Based Prevention, the ASAP Center and The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati abuse prevention, and the community in which we work. Next, it describes what the ASAP Center does to support community-based prevention. Using data from ASAP Center and other community surveys and interviews of staff and community partners, the report outlines the effects the ASAP Center has had on our community. It provides tips and suggestions for people interested in building a prevention-support system. Finally, the report discusses where the ASAP Center will go from here. Read the report here.

 

  • What Ohioans Think About Treatment vs. Prison for People with Substance Use Disorders (August 2009): These findings are from The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati’s Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), part of the Ohio Poll conducted in 2009 by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. Read the brief here.

 

 

 

  • Interim Grantmaking Report - Substance Use Disorders and Severe Mental Illnesses in the Criminal Justice System (March 2009): This interim report presents an overview of the initiative and what the Health Foundation has learned so far about funding grants that address substance use disorders and severe mental illnesses in the criminal justice system. It combines the results of a feasibility study we conducted in 2007 with grant results and thoughts from our Senior Program Officers. We have also included quotes from our grantees in the margins of this report to give their perspective. Read the report here.

 

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  • Results show shift in perception from substance abuse being seen as moral failure to a chronic illness.

    The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 7 in 10 Kentucky adults believe that addiction is a disease (70%). Attitudes towards addiction as a disease were the same both among respondents who have a family member or friend who has experienced problems with substance abuse, and among those who did not indicate such firsthand experience with addiction.

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  • Kentucky adults continue to cite heroin use as causing problems for friends, family

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) and Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that more than 2 in 10 Ohio adults (23%) report knowing someone who has trouble as a result of using heroin, while just under 2 in 10 Kentucky adults (16%) report knowing someone affected by heroin use.

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  • 8 in 10 Ohio adults say it’s easy to buy healthy foods in their neighborhood

    A majority of Ohio adults (81%) agree that it is easy to buy healthy foods in their neighborhood. However, responses vary by income. Nearly 9 in 10 Ohio adults in households earning more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (87%) agree. That compares with fewer than 8 in 10 adults in households earning 200% FPG or less.

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  • Half of Ohio young adults have used an e-cigarette

    Nearly 3 in 10 Ohio adults (28 percent) reported having ever used an e-cigarette, according to the most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health. This is higher than in 2016 (19 percent) and about the same as in 2015 (24 percent).

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  • Half of homes with children have guns

    The most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) found more than 4 in 10 (42%) of Ohio adults report keeping at least one firearm in or around their home. This number has increased from 2013, when 36% reported keeping a firearm.

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  • Number drops to slightly less than half in Northern Kentucky

    A majority (56%) of Kentucky adults say childhood obesity is a serious problem in the state, according to the most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll.

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  • Nearly all support having a nurse in each school building.

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that more than 8 in 10 Kentucky adults (84%) strongly or somewhat favor schools taking a more active role in helping families get health care services for children. Healthy students are able to achieve more academic success than those facing challenges to their health.

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  • More Kentucky adults have favorable opinion about ACA

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that more Kentucky adults have a favorable opinion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (44%) than a negative opinion (33%). The percent of adults with a favorable opinion has been increasing since the poll first started tracking the ACA in 2010, when it became law. In 2010, 26% had a favorable opinion of the ACA.

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  • One in 4 Kentucky adults concerned about losing their health insurance.

    Rate of employer-sponsored health insurance declines; more Northern Kentucky adults lack insurance than in rest of state. The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found one in four (24%) of insured Kentucky adults ages 18 to 64 are concerned about losing health coverage within the next year.

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  • Kentucky adults overwhelmingly favor tobacco-free schools.

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 9 in 10 adults (87%) favor schools adopting tobacco-free campus policies in their communities. Support for tobacco-free school policies has been consistently strong -- favored by 85% of Kentucky adults in 2015 and 84% in 2013.

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  • Most Kentucky adults favor raising minimum age to buy tobacco to 21.

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 6 in 10 Kentucky adults (58 percent) favor raising the minimum legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. This support has held steady since 2015, the first time KHIP asked this question. Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky sponsored the poll.

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  • Nearly half of young adults in Kentucky have tried an e-cigarette

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 3 in 10 Kentucky adults reported ever using e-cigarettes. The rate is higher than national statistics, where just over 2 in 10 adults reported ever using e-cigarettes. The highest reported use was among young adults in Kentucky, where nearly half said they had ever used an e-cigarette.

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  • Most Kentucky adults support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law

    The 2017 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 71 percent of Kentucky adults support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law. This remains the highest level of support since the poll began tracking this topic.

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  • Half of Ohio adults say they favor needle exchange programs

    Half of Ohio adults (50 percent) said they favor and about 4 in 10 Ohio adults (42 percent) said they oppose needle exchange programs, according to the most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP).

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  • 6 in 10 Ohio adults favor raising minimum age to buy tobacco to 21

    Six in 10 Ohio adults (58 percent) favor raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 according to the 2017 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP). This is an increase from 2016. A majority of Democrats (67 percent) and Republicans (60 percent) favored increasing the purchase age to 21. OHIP also asked if Ohio adults support a tax increase of 65 cents per pack of cigarettes; half of Ohio adults (53 percent) were in support.

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  • 2 in 10 allow smoking in homes.

    The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), funded by Interact for Health, has found that 23 percent of adults in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area are current smokers. Although the rate has been steadily declining, our region is still higher than the nation, where 18 percent of adults were smokers in 2015.

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  • Greater Cincinnati Health Watch

    Greater Cincinnati Health Watch is a free biweekly e-mail newsletter published by Interact for Health. Each issue includes health news stories from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and the nation, with emphasis on topics related to Interact for Health's focus areas of substance use disorders, severe mental illness, school-aged children's healthcare, and community primary care.

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