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Spring into Better Habits: Ohio Health &


What is Public Health?

The Institute of Medicine defines public health as: "A coordinated effort at the local, state, and federal levels whose mission is fulfilling society's interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy."                 -The Ohio Department of Health.

Among other things, the ODH is responsible for:

  • Providing public health leadership to communities
  • Educating people on ways to reduce their risk of disease
  • Collecting, analyzing and reporting data on health status and disease indicators
  • Improving behaviors that directly or indirectly lead to poor health, injury or violence

The Ohio Department of Health works in partnership with 117 county and city health departments, providing much needed public health leadership and services throughout the state.

What do local health departments do?  See Ohio Health Department locations (including Toledo).  Look at Ohio public health indicators by county.

See also how Ohio's state and local health departments collaborate on the national Healthy People 2020 campaign.

The ODH -- Healthy Lifestyles

Visit Healthy Ohio

Links out to healthy eating and active living guidelines and resources within the state of Ohio and at the CDC, ODPHP, and more . . .

Good Food Here - Eat Right Ohio

Of Ohio's Top 10 Health Priorities . . .

The Top 2 Priorities* Are:

  1. Obesity
  2. Physical Activity

* see p.5

Healthy Eating Initiatives in Ohio

Learn here about creating healthy local communities -- includes healthy food retail guidelines, the value of farmer's markets, and the importance of drinking water.  #WaterFirst

U.S. Health by County

How healthy is your county?




(see other Ohio counties and more ... at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

(University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute)

Wellness Beyond 60

Visit the Ohio Department of Aging's portals to community involvement including health & wellness programs.  See Northwest Ohio portal.

Creating Healthy Communities

Ohio's Health Assessment & Plan

Read Ohio's State Health Assessment (2016) in full.

Read full State Health Assessment.

Ohio's 2017-2019 State Health Improvement Snapshot calls for:

  • "healthy eating" and
  • "active living"

The Executive Summary of HPIO's Ohio Health Value Dashboard (2017) includes a call to strengthen the state's commitment to public health and prevention efforts, via (e.g.):

  • Fruit and vegetable incentive programs
  • Green space, parks, “complete streets” policies that promote physical activity

Read HPIO's 2017 Health Value Dashboard report in full

View full Health Value Dashboard.

Health Policy Institute of Ohio

HPIO's Guide to Evidence-Based Prevention:  Physical Activity

HPIO's Guide to Evidence-Based Prevention:  Healthy Food

HPIO's Policy Options Fact Sheet on food insecurity includes recommendations on:

  • fruit & vegetable incentive program
  • healthy foods in convenience stores

Ohio Health by County

~ State of Ohio Department of Health ~

~ Network of Care ~ County Health Rankings.

Compare community health data by category or county.

Youth Wellness

Check out the Family & Community page at 

View health and well-being key indicator rankings by school grade for Lucas Co. as compared to surrounding counties:

Where does Ohio rank?

Ohio Health Infrastructure and Community Partners

Learn more about Ohio's guidance for aligning state and local population health planning efforts.

View Regional State Health Assessment Forum presentation for Northwest Ohio (2016).

Visit the HPIO's 2017 Health Value Dashboard crosswalk.  Link out from there to local community, city, and county data.

See also the HPIO's Community Health Planning Resources Guide.

Run a Report on OHYES!


* "These data are provided by the Ohio Department of Health.
The Department specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations or conclusions."

Oral Health

Use the Ohio Oral Health Surveillance System to run a report on any county for oral health information.

See Lucas County report.

Compare Ohio with national targets.

See more on oral health in Ohio.

Health & Wellness Resources at the State Library of Ohio

Did you know that if you are a resident of the state of Ohio, you have free access to many health & wellness resources?

Check out what's available at the State Library* or try the quick links below:search the State Library of Ohio catalog

*includes e-resources

Government Documents -- learn more!

The University Libraries are part of the

   Learn more about state & federal documents!