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Public Health Research

Public health officials are faced with many ongoing and emerging challenges: determining the
impact of health care reform, strengthening public health infrastructure, reducing health disparities, preparing for emergencies, monitoring chronic disease, and understanding the relationship between health and the environment. Public health decision makers need high-quality data and analyses to help them address these issues.  

NORC’s Public Health Research department offers a range of research capabilities, including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. Our team includes prominent health policy experts, nationally recognized public health researchers, and leaders in the field of survey design and implementation. Our staff represents a broad, multidisciplinary spectrum spanning public health, epidemiology, statistics, policy, developmental psychology, economics, sociology, social work, and political science. 

Our staff is committed to NORC’s core mission of conducting research of the highest quality that serves the public interest. We build long-term relationships among our staff, partners and sponsors through collaboration, mutual respect, and a commitment to improving health and health care for all people.

Special Expertise

  • Human Development
    • Maternal and Child Health
  • Vaccines and Immunization
  • Influenza
  • Health Information Technology
  • Public Health Systems and Services Research 
  • Special Populations
    • Veterans
    • Healthcare Workers
  • Health Disparities
  • Rural Health
  • Disease Prevention Surveillance
  • Medicare and Medicaid

Representative Projects

Evaluation and Analytic Support for HHS Healthy Weight and Obesity Initiative. NORC is providing evaluation support to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), assisting the Department in tracking progress on reversing the obesity epidemic. More

Evaluation of Tribal Health Professions Opportunities Grants (HPOG). Sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families, NORC is conducting a multi-method evaluation of the Tribal HPOG program, designed to train Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income tribal members for employment in health professions. More

National Children's Study (NCS). The National Children’s Study will examine the effects of the environment, as broadly defined to include factors such as air, water, diet, sound, family dynamics, community and cultural influences, and genetics on the growth, development, and health of children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21 years. More

National Immunization Survey. The NIS, administered by NORC since 2005, monitors childhood immunization coverage for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This household survey screens more than 6 million sampled telephone lines yearly. The NIS Provider Survey requests permission to contact eligible children’s medical providers, and sends these providers an Immunization History Questionnaire. Household and provider data are combined to produce timely estimates of children’s vaccination coverage rate for national, state and local areas. A companion survey, the NIS-Teen, monitors vaccination coverage among teenagers aged 13-17 years. More

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) Risk Factor Survey. The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) program is the cornerstone of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. NORC conducts two projects related to CDC’s REACH U.S. program. NORC conducts an annual survey in 28 REACH U.S. grantee communities to provide quantitative data to measure progress toward eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in several health priority areas. NORC also uses existing data and a literature review to assess the role of cultural tailoring and translation on grantees’ activities related to policy, system and environmental changes.  More

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