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

A Dating Violence Prevention Program for Each Grade in Middle School. With support from the National Institute of Justice, NORC is conducting a three-year randomized multi-level experiment to evaluate the effectiveness of a multi-level longitudinal approach to dating violence and sexual harassment (DV/H) prevention programming for public middle school students from New York City (NYC).  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

Impact Evaluation Services in Lesotho. NORC is working with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) to carry out the evaluation of the Renovation Efforts for Health Clinics and the Hospital Outpatient Departments (OPDs) projects that distribute Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART).  More

Integrating Adolescent Substance Abuse Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment (SBIRT) throughout Social Work and Nursing School Education. NORC at the University of Chicago has partnered with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Center for Clinical Social (CCSW) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to engage nursing and social work schools, and their accrediting bodies, in a learning collaborative to develop and evaluate interactive, competency-based substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curriculum. This project is funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and is focused on encouraging the adoption of SBIRT by social work and nursing educators.  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

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

Surveillance of Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) Data. NORC was awarded a subcontract from the California Department of Public Health to conduct the Surveillance of NEOP Data project, which is a component of a four-year plan to evaluate ongoing and new interventions that address the obesity epidemic in California. Three survey instruments will be used to establish baseline measures for mothers, teenagers, and children from households participating in the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known in California as CalFresh.​ 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 Interpersonal Conflict and Resolution (iCOR) Study. ​​NORC has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Justice to conduct a study that examines conflict in interpersonal relationships and the overlap between victim and offender statuses. Nearly five decades of research has revealed a strong association between criminal offending and victimization. This 31-month project will investigate the etiology of the victim-offender overlap through the design and application of new measurement tools to understand the nature of interpersonal conflicts including mechanisms that generate conflict escalation.

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Jeffrey Hackett
Director of Business Development
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