Catholic Conference of Ohio
Friday, March 23, 2018

Health Affairs Department - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Mission Statement

We are the people of Catholic health care, a ministry of the church continuing Jesus' mission of love and healing today. As provider, employer, advocate, citizen — bringing together people of diverse faiths and backgrounds — our ministry is an enduring sign of health care rooted in our belief that every person is a treasure, every life a sacred gift, every human being a unity of body, mind, and spirit.

We work to bring alive the Gospel vision of justice and peace. We answer God's call to foster healing, act with compassion, and promote wellness for all persons and communities, with special attention to our neighbors who are poor, underserved, and most vulnerable. By our service, we strive to transform hurt into hope.

As the church's ministry of health care, we commit to:

  • Promote and Defend Human Dignity
  • Attend to the Whole Person
  • Care for Poor and Vulnerable Persons
  • Promote the Common Good
  • Act on Behalf of Justice
  • Steward Resources
  • Act in Communion with the Church


Health Affairs Updates

Catholic Conference Raises Questions Regarding Proposed Work Requirements for Persons on Medicaid

Ohio Seeking Federal Waiver Which Will Result In The Loss of Medicaid Health Coverage For Some Ohioans

In a letter sent to the Ohio Medicaid Director, the Catholic Conference of Ohio offered comments regarding an 1115 Demonstration Waiver Application. The proposed waiver considered by the Ohio Department of Medicaid establishes new work and community engagement requirements in order to qualify for Medicaid. As currently crafted, it is complicated and targets a population already at serious risk for health and welfare. It also undermines the physical and mental health and self-sufficiency of a population that has shown significant improvement since expanded access to Medicaid was made possible.

U.S. Bishops Chairman Expresses Concern, Calls For Careful Implementation Of Health Care Executive Order

Concerns raised regarding Executive Actions on health care, and ending subsidies to insurers

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called for the Administration and Congress to protect low income people, as well as enact comprehensive reform for the sake of the most vulnerable.

Urge Congress to Pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2017

Defend Health Care Professionals Who Choose Not To Participate In Abortion.

Urge Congress to pass the CPA (H.R. 644) and S. 301) as part of must-pass appropriations legislation. The USCCB has joined with 32 other groups representing millions of Americans and tens of thousands of health care professionals with a profound concern about abortion, and particularly about the conscience rights of health care professionals and facilities who choose not to participate in the destruction of unborn lives.


Department Cabinet Members

Department on Health Affairs Chairperson

Michael Connelly, President and CEO of Mercy Health Partners

Department on Health Affairs "Kitchen Cabinet"

On January 14, 2010, presidents of member hospitals and chief executive officers of healthcare systems determined that the Catholic Conference of Ohio's Department on Health Affairs would sharpen its mission to focus on the hospitals as Catholic institutions.  They appointed a “kitchen cabinet” of system/hospital staff to meet regularly with staff of the Catholic Conference on matters of mutual concern.

Cabinet members include:

Jon Fishpaw (Convenor)
Vice President of Advocacy and Government Relations
Mercy Health Partners

Kyle Miller
Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy
Sisters of Charity Health System


Cabinet Members (Continued)

Jason Koma
Director of External Affairs
Mount Carmel Health System

Sister Carol Bauer SC
Vice President, Mission Effectiveness
Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton

Scott McConnaha
Vice President, Mission Effectiveness
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
(Genesis HealthCare, Zanesville)

Carolyn Jurkowitz
Executive Director, Catholic Conference of Ohio

Jim Tobin
Associate Director, Catholic Conference of Ohio