Children’s Health

The quality of children’s physical and emotional health, particularly during the earliest stages of development, can have a profound impact on their social and academic achievement, and on their health as adults and seniors.

NORC researchers are shedding new light on this interplay, examining the infl uence of maternal substance abuse on early development, using advanced sensor technology to evaluate the environmental quality of children’s homes and neighborhoods, conducting the fi rst National Survey of Early Care and Education, and running the largest continuous survey of immunization rates. NORC is also leading an evaluation of Project LAUNCH, which aims to promote the wellness of young children to ensure that they enter school ready to learn and able to succeed.

Representative Projects

2011 National Survey of Children's Health. Sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and coordinated through the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) is one of the largest surveys conducted at NORC, with approximately 1,800 interviews targeted for each state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands – a total of 93,600 interviews to be completed by early 2012.  More

National Children's Study (NCS) Vanguard Study. In response to the Children’s Health Act of 2000, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) commissioned the National Children’s Study (NCS) Vanguard Study to prepare for a large-scale, national study of the effects of the environment on the growth, development, and health of children across the United States.​ More

National Flu Survey (NFS). The National Flu Survey (NFS) is conducted on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and collects data to measure the number of influenza vaccinations received by adults and children nationwide.  In addition the NFS asks questions regarding where people receive their flu vaccinations, American's knowledge on the effectiveness and safety of flu vaccines, and why some people choose not to get vaccinated against the flu.  More

National Immunization Survey. The National Immunization Survey (NIS) produces high-quality estimates on the rate of immunization among young children in the U.S., considered a critical contributor to the prevention of childhood diseases. Administered by NORC at the University of Chicago since 2005, the NIS is one of the largest telephone surveys in the nation and its data are considered the gold standard for public health surveillance on immunization rates.  More

NIJ Dating Violence Experiment in NYC I with PERF. For this project, on which NORC is a subcontractor to the Police Executive Research Forum, the research team randomly assigned 30 New York City middle schools (two 6th and two 7th grade classrooms in each, with a final total of 117 participating classrooms) to one of four conditions: (1) a classroom‐based intervention, (2) a building intervention, (3) both classroom and building interventions, or (4) a no‐treatment control group. The classroom curriculum included six sessions emphasizing the consequences for perpetrators of dating violence/harassment (DV/H); state and federal laws for DV/H; the setting and communicating of boundaries in relationships; and the role of bystanders as interveners.​​​ More

STAR Health Caregiver Survey. Funded by the University of Florida Institute for Child Health Policy (UF-ICHP), the purpose of the STAR Health Caregiver Survey is to determine the health status of children in foster care who are enrolled in the STAR Health Program, and to assess caregivers’ experiences and satisfaction with the health care services their child receives. The results of the survey will be used to make recommendations to the State of Texas and Texas Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCO) for improving health care delivery and quality to Medicaid members. More

The ASMBS and NORC Survey on Obesity in America. ​A new study from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and NORC at the University of Chicago finds that Americans view obesity as tied with cancer as the most serious health problem facing the country. More


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