About OPEN

What is OPEN?

OPEN (the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network) is a research collaborative that launched in 2018 to study how policy affects reproductive health and equity in Ohio and surrounding states. OPEN conducts rigorous, impactful, and forward-thinking social-science research on the reproductive health of Ohioans and people in nearby states. Through our research, we seek to improve reproductive health outcomes and uphold autonomy for all Ohioans.

Why is this work needed right now?

OPEN was created to fill gaps in data about reproductive health in Ohio and nearby states. Reliable, inclusive research is essential for creating policy, health standards, and public discourse. We ensure that policymakers, the medical community, and academics have the knowledge and tools they need to support effective and equitable reproductive health care in our communities. We also train the next generation of reproductive health scholars, ensuring that this work will continue in Ohio and beyond.

Who is involved with OPEN?

OPEN is led by Danielle Bessett, PhD and Alison Norris, MD, PhD and involves faculty members, graduate students, and clinicians at Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, and other institutions in Ohio and surrounding states. We also collaborate with community leaders and advocates.

What does OPEN study?

OPEN prioritizes five research areas:

  1. Access to health care, with a focus on reproductive health
  2. Health outcomes, including infant mortality, contraception, unintended pregnancy, and abortion
  3. Financial costs of health care to patients, providers, and state and local governments
  4. Social relationships, such as support and connections among patients, families, and providers
  5. Patient autonomy and the freedom to achieve reproductive and familial well-being

Opportunities to participate in OPEN research studies.

Go to our research participation page to learn more about participation in OPEN research studies.

Where can I learn more about the work OPEN does?

You can learn about our research team here, or email us at open@osu.edu for more information.