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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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Published Research "Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program Evaluation: Interim Report.", Meit, M.B., Hafford, C., Meyer, K., Knudson, A.D., Levintow, S., Gilbert, T., Langerman, H. and Alfaro, J., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.10.2014 10:42AM
Published Research "Relationships between Stressors and Parenting Attitudes in a Child Welfare Parenting Program.", Estefan, L.F., Coulter, M.L., VandeWeerd, C.L., Armstrong, M. and Gorski, P., 2013 More
Posted: 6.25.2014 10:55AM
Published Research "Receiving Mandated Therapeutic Services: Experiences of Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System.", Estefan, L.F., Coulter, M.L., VandeWeerd, C.L., Armstrong, M. and Gorski, P., 2012 More
Posted: 6.25.2014 10:51AM
Published Research "Are Surname Telephone Oversamples an Efficient Way to Better Understand the Health and Healthcare of Minority Group Members?", Davern, M.E., McAlpine, D., Ziegenfuss, J. and Beebe, T.J., 2007 More
Posted: 6.10.2014 10:04AM
Published Research "Women's Longitudinal Smoking Patterns from Preconception through Child's Kindergarten Entry: Profiles of Biological Mothers of a 2001 U.S. Birth Cohort.", Mumford, E.A., Hair, E.C., Yu, T-C. and Liu, W., 2014 More
Posted: 5.15.2014 9:48AM
Published Research "Proximity of U.S. Schools to Major Roadways: A Nationwide Assessment.", Kingsley, S.L., Eliot, M.N., Carlson, L., Finn, J., MacIntosh, D.L., Suh, H.H. and Wellenius, G.A., 2014 More
Posted: 5.6.2014 10:25AM
Published Research "Exposure Measurement Error in PM2.5 Health Effects Studies: A Pooled Analysis of Eight Personal Exposure Validation Studies.", Kioumourtzoglou, M-A., Spiegelman, D., Szpiro, A.A., Sheppard, L., Kaufman, J.D., Yanosky, J.D., Williams, R., Laden, F., Hong, B. and Suh, H.H., 2014 More
Posted: 5.6.2014 10:16AM
Published Research "A Novel Genetic Score Approach Using Instruments to Investigate Interactions between Pathways and Environment: Application to Air Pollution.", Bind, M.A., Coull, B., Suh, H.H., Wright, R., Baccarelli, A., Vokonas, P. and Schwartz, J., 2014 More
Posted: 4.30.2014 11:16AM
Published Research "The Impact of Source Contribution Uncertainty on the Effects of Source-Specific PM2.5 on Hospital Admissions: A Case Study in Boston, MA.", Kioumourtzoglou, M-A., Coull, B.A., Dominici, F., Koutrakis, P., Schwartz, J. and Suh, H.H., 2014 More
Posted: 4.30.2014 11:14AM
Job Posting Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Job Posting Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM
Published Research "Short-Term Effects of Air Pollution on Oxygen Saturation in a Cohort of Senior Adults in Steubenville, Ohio.", Luttmann-Gibson, H., Sarnat, S.E., Suh, H.H., Coull, B.A., Schwartz, J., Zanobetti, A. and Gold, D.R., 2014 More
Posted: 3.31.2014 10:21AM
Published Research "The Use of Open Source Electronic Health Records within the Federal Safety Net.", Goldwater, J.C., Kwon, N.J., Nathanson, A., Muckle, A.E., Brown, A. and Cornejo, K., 2014 More
Posted: 3.5.2014 9:14AM
Published Research "Open Source Electronic Health Records and Chronic Disease Management.", Goldwater, J.C., Kwon, N.J., Nathanson, A., Muckle, A.E., Brown, A. and Cornejo, K., 2014 More
Posted: 3.5.2014 9:10AM
Published Research "Health Insurance Estimates for States.", Fisher, R. and Campbell, J., 2002 Download the PDF
Posted: 1.28.2014 12:07PM

News

News Funding the National Institutes of Health, and how it affects the National Children's Study More
Posted: 7.19.2012 9:39AM
News American energy habits, with insight from NORC's Jennifer Benz More
Posted: 6.8.2012 3:31PM
Press Release Larry L. Bye Appointed NORC Senior Fellow More
Posted: 4.11.2012 4:20PM
News "Senate Panel Questions NIH's 2013 Budget Plan" looks at potential impact on National Children's Study More
Posted: 3.29.2012 4:12PM
News NORC's David B. Rein looks at Hep C screenings More
Posted: 3.19.2012 4:23PM
News "Grant Panels as Prom Committees" by NORC Expert Felicia B. LeClere More
Posted: 2.28.2012 4:27PM
News Observations on infancy and mortality with data and findings from the National Children's Study More
Posted: 2.22.2012 4:37PM
News Considering the dangers of Hepatitis C, with research and findings from NORC Expert David Rein More
Posted: 2.21.2012 4:50PM
Press Release Birth Cohort Screening for Hepatitis C is Cost Effective More
Posted: 11.8.2011 10:42AM
News Researchers at NORC urge age-based tests for hepatitis C More
Posted: 11.7.2011 4:07PM
News More Transparency, Better Health Care More
Posted: 9.22.2011 11:50AM
Press Release Helen H. Suh Joins NORC as Program Area Director in Environmental Health More
Posted: 8.30.2011 7:48PM

Events

Publications

"Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program Evaluation: Interim Report." Meit, M.B., Hafford, C., Meyer, K., Knudson, A.D., Levintow, S., Gilbert, T., Langerman, H. and Alfaro, J., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.10.2014 10:42AM
"Relationships between Stressors and Parenting Attitudes in a Child Welfare Parenting Program." Estefan, L.F., Coulter, M.L., VandeWeerd, C.L., Armstrong, M. and Gorski, P., 2013 More
Posted: 6.25.2014 10:55AM
"Receiving Mandated Therapeutic Services: Experiences of Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System." Estefan, L.F., Coulter, M.L., VandeWeerd, C.L., Armstrong, M. and Gorski, P., 2012 More
Posted: 6.25.2014 10:51AM
"Are Surname Telephone Oversamples an Efficient Way to Better Understand the Health and Healthcare of Minority Group Members?" Davern, M.E., McAlpine, D., Ziegenfuss, J. and Beebe, T.J., 2007 More
Posted: 6.10.2014 10:04AM
"Women's Longitudinal Smoking Patterns from Preconception through Child's Kindergarten Entry: Profiles of Biological Mothers of a 2001 U.S. Birth Cohort." Mumford, E.A., Hair, E.C., Yu, T-C. and Liu, W., 2014 More
Posted: 5.15.2014 9:48AM
"Proximity of U.S. Schools to Major Roadways: A Nationwide Assessment." Kingsley, S.L., Eliot, M.N., Carlson, L., Finn, J., MacIntosh, D.L., Suh, H.H. and Wellenius, G.A., 2014 More
Posted: 5.6.2014 10:25AM
"Exposure Measurement Error in PM2.5 Health Effects Studies: A Pooled Analysis of Eight Personal Exposure Validation Studies." Kioumourtzoglou, M-A., Spiegelman, D., Szpiro, A.A., Sheppard, L., Kaufman, J.D., Yanosky, J.D., Williams, R., Laden, F., Hong, B. and Suh, H.H., 2014 More
Posted: 5.6.2014 10:16AM
"A Novel Genetic Score Approach Using Instruments to Investigate Interactions between Pathways and Environment: Application to Air Pollution." Bind, M.A., Coull, B., Suh, H.H., Wright, R., Baccarelli, A., Vokonas, P. and Schwartz, J., 2014 More
Posted: 4.30.2014 11:16AM
"The Impact of Source Contribution Uncertainty on the Effects of Source-Specific PM2.5 on Hospital Admissions: A Case Study in Boston, MA." Kioumourtzoglou, M-A., Coull, B.A., Dominici, F., Koutrakis, P., Schwartz, J. and Suh, H.H., 2014 More
Posted: 4.30.2014 11:14AM
"Short-Term Effects of Air Pollution on Oxygen Saturation in a Cohort of Senior Adults in Steubenville, Ohio." Luttmann-Gibson, H., Sarnat, S.E., Suh, H.H., Coull, B.A., Schwartz, J., Zanobetti, A. and Gold, D.R., 2014 More
Posted: 3.31.2014 10:21AM
"The Use of Open Source Electronic Health Records within the Federal Safety Net." Goldwater, J.C., Kwon, N.J., Nathanson, A., Muckle, A.E., Brown, A. and Cornejo, K., 2014 More
Posted: 3.5.2014 9:14AM
"Open Source Electronic Health Records and Chronic Disease Management." Goldwater, J.C., Kwon, N.J., Nathanson, A., Muckle, A.E., Brown, A. and Cornejo, K., 2014 More
Posted: 3.5.2014 9:10AM
"Health Insurance Estimates for States." Fisher, R. and Campbell, J., 2002 Download the PDF
Posted: 1.28.2014 12:07PM
"An Introduction to Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility and Enrollment Performance Measures." Wachino, V., Camillo, C.A., and Stromberg, S. , 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 1.23.2014 9:35AM
"Do Secondary Conditions Explain the Relationship between Depression and Health Care Cost in Women with Physical Disabilities?" Morgan, R.O., Byrne, M.M., Hughes, R.B., Petersen, N.J., Taylor, H.B., Robinson-Whelen, S., Hasche, J.C. and Nosek, M.A., 2008 More
Posted: 1.22.2014 4:10PM

Job Postings

Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM