Prevention, Health Promotion, and Lifestyle

Healthy lifestyle choices and effective prevention influence both individual health outcomes and system-wide health care costs. NORC has played an important national and international role in identifying, evaluating, and promoting sound policies and best practices in disease prevention and health promotion.

Our experts staff advisory committees, deliver research presentations, lead public outreach campaigns, and provide other forms of support to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Healthy People 2020 project. In the U.S., NORC helps the District of Columbia implement and evaluate a program to integrate behavioral health treatment and primary care, and conducts the nation’s largest survey of immunization rates. Overseas, NORC assesses the impact of Millennium Challenge funded clinics and water treatment projects in Lesotho, Africa.

Representative Projects

Chronic Care Initiative in Mental Health. NORC is working with the District of Columbia Department of Health and the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health to design, implement, and evaluate an integrated behavioral health/primary care (BH/PC) project at three outpatient ambulatory clinics in the District of Columbia. More

Decision-Making Factors Influencing the Wearing of Body Armor: A National Study. With support from the National Institute of Justice, NORC is compiling independent, evidence-based knowledge on the decision-making factors influencing the wearing of body armor for correctional officers (COs). More

Educational Tools and Resources to Support Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records Public Health Functionality. The goal of this project is to support the Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC) in developing useful tools and resources to help Regional Extension Centers (REC) support health care providers in achieving meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). More

HIV Open Data Project Evaluation. The HIV Open Data Project is a multiphase endeavor funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) that seeks to address several known challenges associated with monitoring HHS-funded HIV prevention, treatment, and care services, including the lack of consistency among key indicators, an inability to summarize progress across HHS-funded programs, and a lack of interoperability among systems for reporting programmatic and fiscal data. This project is intended to inform planning activities in support of the HIV Open Data Project by evaluating the feasibility of data streamlining and harmonization strategies across HHS-funded HIV prevention, treatment, and care services. More

HIV Rapid Testing in the Dental Care Setting.

Conducted on behalf of the University of Miami, this study assesses the relationship among dentists’ attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control beliefs, and their willingness to offer HIV rapid testing in the dental care system. More

Men’s Assessment of Social Support and Risk Networks. The goal of the Men’s Assessment of Social Support and Risk Networks was to pilot test recruitment procedures and questionnaires to assess the influence of social networks and norms and beliefs of a racially and ethnically diverse sample of men who have sex with men (MSM) on their sex and sex-drug risk and risk reduction practices.   More

National Survey of Victim Service Providers (NSVSP). The U.S Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) are working together to gather much needed data about victim service providers. Our federal agencies recognize the importance of prioritizing data collection to better understand the scope of violence and crime in America. However, existing data does not adequately address the needs of crime victims or the capacity of organizations that serve victims.  More

Oral Health Evidence Based Models Toolkit. Oral health disparities exist in rural communities related to access to care, utilization of services, and outcomes. As a result, rural communities across the U.S. are developing oral health programs that build oral health infrastructure and capacity to reduce the prevalence and impact of oral disease, enhance access to care, and eliminate 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

The Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Wellness (OSAW) Study. ​​Pillar six of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommends for the USDOJ to “enhance and further promote its multi-faceted officer safety and wellness initiative,” with attention to fitness, resilience, and nutrition at every level of law enforcement agencies (LEAs), and a focus on the intersection of on-the-job stressors, safety risks, and suicidality as components of officer safety and wellness (OSAW).   More

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Jeffrey Hackett
Director of Business Development
(312) 759-4266