The Central Ohio Hospital Council (COHC), which includes The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, released its health needs assessment to help hospitals and other organizations better understand the health needs and priorities of Franklin County residents.
The Franklin County HealthMap 2016: Navigating Our Way to a Healthier Community Together provides residents of central Ohio with a comprehensive summary of the community's health status and needs. The data will be used to inform the development and implementation of strategic plans to meet the community health needs identified through the assessment.
As part of its mission, COHC serves as the forum for community hospitals to collaborate with each other and with other community stakeholders to improve the quality, value and accessibility of health care in the central Ohio region. Consistent with that mission, central Ohio hospitals believe that the issues facing the community's health care system can be solved more effectively when working together. While this work started as a hospital initiative, the effort has grown into a multi-stakeholder collaborative, whereby a broad range of local organizations worked together to identify, collect and analyze the health indicators contained in this report.
The Wexner Medical Center participated in the Franklin County HealthMap 2016 in partnership with the COHC, Ohio Health, Mount Carmel, Nationwide Children's, Columbus Public Health, United Way, OSU College of Public Health, PrimaryOne Health and Central Ohio Trauma System. The collaborative effort aims to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the greatest health needs of our immediate community. The document has a complete listing of all participants on pages 3-5.
To conduct this initial assessment, the Steering Committee reviewed indicators that were included in the Franklin County HealthMap2013 and, in small group discussions, decided whether to include them in the updated report. Subgroups also discussed including new indicators, which were identified previously via a survey to Steering Committee members.
Data for these health indicators came from national sources (e.g., U.S. Census, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System), state sources (e.g., Ohio Department of Health's Data Warehouse, Ohio Hospital Association) and local sources (e.g., Central Ohio Trauma System, Columbus Public Health). Rates and/or percentages were calculated when necessary. In some instances, comparable state and/or national data were unavailable at the time of report preparation and, accordingly, are not included in this report. All data sources are identified in the Reference section at the end of the report.
In some cases, new indicators were identified for 2016 that were not included in the previous report (2013). In these instances, the most recent data are listed under 2016, and previous data are listed under the 2013 heading, even though it will not be found in the HealthMap2013. This was done for ease of reading. No information gaps that may impact the ability to assess the health needs of the community were identified while conducting the 2016 health needs assessment for Franklin County.
To ensure community stakeholders are able to use this report to make well-informed decisions, only the most recent data available at the time of report preparation are presented. To be considered for inclusion in Franklin County HealthMap2016, indicator data must have been collected or published by 2011. Lastly, although the COHC member hospitals have service areas that extend across central Ohio, for the purposes of this report, the local geographic focus area is Franklin County.
The health map is updated every three years, consistent with federal guidelines. The document is divided into six areas of priority health needs and provides the following information:
- Complete detail of the process, participants, methodology and the indicators used to determine health priorities.
- Available community resources currently addressing the needs indicated.
- A guide to target limited resources, a vehicle for strengthening relationships, and an invaluable tool for the community. A feedback mechanism will also be provided.