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Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Health Departments Seeking Accreditation

needs ​This project, for the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), investigated opportunities and challenges related to public health agency accreditation among rural health departments.  This project, for the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), investigated opportunities and challenges related to public health agency accreditation among rural health departments. More

Classification of State Health Agencies

For the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), NORC developed a survey to operationally classify state health agencies (SHAs) into the categories of centralized, decentralized, mixed, and shared. More

Content Alignment of NAEP Grade 8 Assessments and ACT Explore

​NORC at the University of Chicago, along with its subcontractor, the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services, has begun to analyze the degree of content alignment of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading and Mathematics assessments for grade 8 and the ACT Explore assessments in reading and mathematics. The purpose of this research under a contract from the National Assessment Governing Board (Governing Board) is to evaluate the extent to which 8th grade NAEP assessments are aligned in content and complexity with the Explore assessments.​​ More

Continuation of OMH Performance Improvement and Management System (PIMS) Development Project

NORC has been contracted by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), to manage a web-based system for collecting, reporting, disseminating/sharing performance- and results-oriented data and information relative to OMH’s mission. More

Improving Death Scene Investigation Processes and Death Reporting Practices after Disasters

For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NORC is currently working to develop tools to improve identification and attribution of disaster-related deaths. This project will help identify what information from the death scene is useful for determining disaster-related deaths and identifying risk and protective factors. The goal of the project is to create a toolkit that increases the consistency of data collection and reporting of disaster-related deaths across jurisdictions. To inform the development of this toolkit, NORC reviewed published and scholarly articles and state and county death scene guidelines, worksheets, and protocols to better understand what data are currently being collected. NORC also established a workgroup of key experts in the medicolegal death investigation field to discuss the landscape of current death scene investigation processes for disasters and make recommendations for more systematic data collection. These experts include death scene investigators, medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement agents, forensic pathologists, and epidemiologists. NORC convened a workshop of key experts and stakeholders to review and evaluate the appropriateness of the draft toolkit and feasibility of the proposed implementation. During the second year of the project, NORC is overseeing piloting of the toolkit in select regions.  In 2017, CDC and NORC will finalize and disseminate the toolkit to key stakeholder groups and organizations for review, comment, and approval. In the third year, NORC will develop a training on the finalized toolkit. More

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997

The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), sponsored and funded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor, is the youth-focused component of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) Program – a set of surveys used to gather information on the labor market experiences of American men and women.  More

National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP)

The National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a population-based study of health and social factors on a national scale, aiming to understand the well-being of older, community-dwelling Americans. More

NCI Rural Tobacco Grant

​The purpose of this proposed research effort (PAR-13-146 NCI Exploratory/Development Research Grant Program) is to develop and test an innovative methodology to define and measure the urban-rural continuum as applied to tobacco epidemiology and tobacco control research. Developing better measures will allow for a more comprehensive investigation of cancer risk factors that exist in rural regions. A fuller understanding of the rural context will assist researchers and policy experts to address tobacco-related disparities.  More

PCOR Resource Center

NORC with it's partner, AcademyHealth, will support ASPE in maximizing the impact of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (PCORTF) investments through the creation of a OS PCORTF Resource Center for Data Infrastructure. More

Promoting Health Equity in America

In a five-year project with the CMS Office of Minority Health (OMH), NORC is assisting OMH in developing and implementing its strategic plan for promoting health equity within Medicare. More

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