Wednesday, June 17, 2020, from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT
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Maurice Stewart
Interact for Health

Statewide Health Surveys for Data-driven Decision Making 

1-2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic provides an excellent example of the importance of health policy decisions made at the state level. Having access to data helps inform state-level decision-making and allows for targeted efforts to improve population health. Further, analysis of variations within states requires nuanced approaches that target specific efforts based on location.

Attendees will learn about new, easier-to-use features of the redesigned Online Analysis and Statistical Information System, a free web-based tool that gives the public access to health and social sciences data. OASIS users can access various surveys such as the Ohio Health Issues Poll and the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, whose state-level data can inform policies and programs related to health.

Presenters Mark Carrozza and Michael Topmiller of HealthLandscape, the developer of OASIS, will discuss the issues of data availability and the barriers that hinder the use of state health information. They will also demonstrate how to use OASIS to search across surveys for specific topics, explore survey results and conduct basic statistical analyses.

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to

  • Identify statewide community health surveys.
  • Conduct online analysis of local survey data.
  • Download and import data to desktop applications for analysis.


There is no charge for nonprofit agencies to attend this class. The cost associated with this class is fully subsidized by Interact for Health.


Mark A. Carrozza is responsible for developing successful web-based data analysis and mapping systems. Recent research includes creating “hot spots” of child abuse based on child abuse treatment records and police calls for service, exploring race disparities in Southwest Ohio, and monitoring the effect of ACA implementation on the homeless and access to health care. Mark is an alumni of the Larry A. Green Visiting Scholars Program at the Robert Graham Center, where he focused research related to social capital, access to care and health status.

Michael Topmiller, Ph.D., has expertise in GIS and qualitative research methods, and has past experience conducting interviews, analyzing qualitative data, and working as a GIS specialist for community-based research projects in Mexico, North Carolina and Cincinnati. His current research interests include health disparities, Latino health care issues in nontraditional destinations, health and the built environment, and participatory GIS.


Jennifer Chubinski, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Evaluation, Interact for Health.