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 influence health, and attitudes about the health care system. Additionally, NORC has helped the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health manage and evaluate the performance of their program activities.