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2015 ODH Strategic Plan

The healthcare and public health fields are changing nationally and in Ohio as a result of the federal Affordable Care Act, the extension of Medicaid coverage in Ohio and efforts to increase value in healthcare and public health spending.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is positioning itself structurally and strategically for this change in order to continue fulfilling our mission to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans. ODH has implemented a new senior leadership model with both a Director and a Medical Director to strengthen agency management and ensure broader medical participation in agency decision-making.

This ODH 2015-2016 Strategic Plan outlines the strategic issues, goals and objectives the agency is pursuing to move the agency forward and position it for continuing success in the new healthcare environment. These strategic issues include aligning ODH’s work with the state health improvement plan, state health initiatives and priorities; ensuring effective decision-making processes to support the agency’s goals; developing our workforce to support ODH’s public health priorities; and to ensuring that ODH’s data infrastructure supports data-driven decisions.

2012 ODH Strategic Plan

The SHIP Planning Council continued to have input into the development of the ODH Strategic Plan. Members received and email with a link to a brief survey, asking for feedback about ODH priorities and organizational practices. Nearly 130 individuals identified their choices for top priorities in the coming two years, the operational issues to address, the areas in which ODH does well and those needing improvement, as well as any other information they felt ODH should know so that it could best serve the health needs of all Ohioans.  At the same time, ODH hosted a number of internal focus groups, where staff could share their thoughts about programmatic and organizational priorities. The Director sent an email encouraging all staff to participate in these conversations, or alternatively, share their feedback electronically with staff in the Office of Performance Improvement.

Once these data were collected, the Director and the Chief Operating Officer assembled twenty of the top leaders in the organization in a one-day, off-site retreat, held June 21, 2012. This group reviewed the results of the external survey and the internal focus groups, reviewed identified priorities (and their respective strategies) from the SHIP, and refreshed their awareness of various national guidelines (e.g., Healthy People 2020, CDC Winnable Battles, etc.). The group identified six strategic priorities and seven key focus areas considering potential action steps for each. The individual members of this group were then charged with identifying a cross-departmental, cross-functional workgroup to develop strategic work plans for each focus area’s action steps, including measurable short- (12 month) and long- (24 month) term outcomes necessary for success. The 2012 ODH Strategic Plan will be monitored, evaluated and updated by assigned ODH staff.

Last Updated: October 3, 2015