Health Disparities

Different segments of the population have different health needs and outcomes. Incidence of diseases and even responses to treatments vary by gender, age, race, ethnicity, geography, and environment. Understanding these differences is essential to making sound policy and clinical decisions, and informed personal choices.

NORC is adept at surveying disparate and often difficult-to-reach populations. Our researchers have successfully worked through cultural, language, and economic barriers to gather reliable data on a variety of health issues including access to care, environmental factors that infl uence health, and attitudes about the health care system. Additionally, NORC has helped the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Offi ce of Minority Health manage and evaluate the performance of their program activities.

Representative Projects

Health Care Innovation Awards Evaluation - Complex/High-Risk Patient Targeting. ​The Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIAs) fund 107 initiatives across the country that propose compelling new ideas to further the three-part aim of better care for the individual, better health for populations, and lower costs through improvement of the care delivery process. Twenty three (23) of these initiatives focus on addressing the needs of medically fragile, complex, and high risk patients who are high users of medical and long-term care services and supports.​ More

Options for Structuring Disproportionate Share (DSH) Payments to Account for Uncompensated Care: Impact on Rural Hospitals. This multi-phase analysis examined whether discharge patterns for and use of post-acute care services by rural and urban hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries differ and, if they do, what the sources are of these different patterns. 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

The Baltimore Health Values Survey. The Baltimore Health Values Survey is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will help inform local organizations working to improve the health of Baltimore. We want to know the opinions of Baltimore residents so that health improvement efforts can be strengthened there and around the nation. Households were chosen at random to participate. Although participation is voluntary, it is very important that we include each household chosen because they have been scientifically selected and cannot be replaced. The participation of each chosen household is needed to get a complete picture of Baltimore opinions. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting this survey on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

The Maricopa County Health Values Survey. ​The Maricopa County Health Values Survey is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will help inform local organizations working to improve the health of Maricopa County. We want to know the opinions of Maricopa County residents so that health improvement efforts can be strengthened there and around the nation. Households were chosen at random to participate. Although participation is voluntary, it is very important that we include each household chosen because they have been scientifically selected and cannot be replaced. The participation of each chosen household is needed to get a complete picture of Maricopa County opinions. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting this survey on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

The Mobile Health Values Survey. ​The Mobile Health Values Survey is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will help inform local organizations working to improve the health of Mobile. We want to know the opinions of Mobile residents so that health improvement efforts can be strengthened there and around the nation. Households were chosen at random to participate. Although participation is voluntary, it is very important that we include each household chosen because they have been scientifically selected and cannot be replaced. The participation of each chosen household is needed to get a complete picture of Mobile opinions. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting this survey on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

The North Central Nebraska Health Values Survey. ​The North Central Nebraska Health Values Survey is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will help inform local organizations working to improve the health of North Central Nebraska. We want to know the opinions of North Central Nebraska residents so that health improvement efforts can be strengthened there and around the nation. Households were chosen at random to participate. Although participation is voluntary, it is very important that we include each household chosen because they have been scientifically selected and cannot be replaced. The participation of each chosen household is needed to get a complete picture of North Central Nebraska opinions. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting this survey on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

The Stockton Health Values Survey. The Stockton Health Values Survey is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will help inform local organizations working to improve the health of Stockton. We want to know the opinions of Stockton residents so that health improvement efforts can be strengthened there and around the nation. Households were chosen at random to participate. Although participation is voluntary, it is very important that we include each household chosen because they have been scientifically selected and cannot be replaced. The participation of each chosen household is needed to get a complete picture of Stockton opinions. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting this survey on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

Trends in U.S. Public’s Awareness of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health (1999-2010). NORC, under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) Office of Minority Health (OMH), conducted a study of Trends in U.S. Public Awareness of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health (1999-2010). The study provides a comprehensive analysis of awareness among the U.S. public of health disparities that place a disproportionate burden of preventable disease and premature death on racial and ethnic minorities as compared to the rest of the U.S. population. More

Understanding the Impact of Health IT in Underserved Communities and Those with Health Disparities. The study will address issues raised by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) concerning the quality of care for those living in underserved communities and subject to health disparities.  More

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