OPHP has received more than $945,000 in grants from state and national sources moving Ohio’s public health system forward by:
- Building public health capacity – through rule revision related to performance standards for local public health, funding public health and building workforce in Ohio at the state and local level. Currently, OPHP is working with the Public Health Accreditation Board and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to estimate the cost of providing public health core services and explore models for shared services between local public health districts.
- Leveraging resources and building partnerships – by its very structure, OPHP has resulted in the public health associations in Ohio working closely together and has collaborated with academia, other sectors of the health care delivery system, and other health related policy institutes. Currently, OPHP is working with Tobacco Free Kids and Tobacco 21 to train youth on tobacco prevention and education to keep kids tobacco free.
- Training and technical assistance – in addition to presenting Ohio’s annual Public Health Combined Conference that draws about 400 public health professionals per year, OPHP has established the Accreditation Learning Community, to offer training and technical assistance in quality improvement techniques, public health system assessment and community health improvement planning and strategic planning for local health departments.
- Fiscal/administrative management – OPHP has served as administrator for scholarships for Conference for Food Protection, and mini-grants to local health departments for accreditation readiness initiatives.
- Health informatics – OPHP partnered with the Ohio Department of Health to develop a web based portal to collect financial information from Ohio’s local health districts and to establish an online Public Health Accreditation Board self-assessment tool for local health districts to assist in accreditation efforts statewide