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Health

Good health is critical to the productivity and quality of life of individuals and their local communities,
as well as the greater stability and economy of the United States. A significant share of our private and public spending is devoted to prevention and treatment of disease, and we now face a difficult irony: advances in treatment and technology mean longer lives, but that in turn results in high health care costs over longer periods—costs which are already rising annually.

NORC explores healthcare costs and questions of policy efficacy from the perspective of the U.S. healthcare system as a whole, and in context of individual prevention and lifestyle choices. Our work addresses environmental health hazards, treatment access and delivery—particularly for vulnerable populations—and the promise of electronic health records and other emerging technologies to reduce costs while improving knowledge sharing. Our work gives voice to diverse populations ranging from rural communities, tribal groups, the elderly, and low-income children, to adult white-collar employees with employer-sponsored insurance.

Health is one of the oldest research areas of NORC, dating back to the 1940s with studies on public knowledge of cancer and care and some the field’s early and complex mental health studies. In subsequent years, NORC has led landmark studies such as the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project, a national, longitudinal study of the health of older Americans. NORC is also involved in several components of the National Children’s Study, the largest and most comprehensive long-term study of children’s health and development in the U.S., tracking the health of 100,000 children from before birth through age 21. NORC also led data collection for the National Immunization Survey—one of the largest phone surveys ever conducted.

NORC draws on this rich history, its data collection and analysis capabilities (including biomarkers), and the expertise of dedicated teams in healthcare, public health, substance abuse and mental health to lay the foundation for an understanding of U.S. healthcare policy and its influence on health over time. Our experts are particularly well skilled in managing the rapid change of health care laws and technology.

Specific areas of expertise include:

Representative Projects

Assessment of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) Integrated Behavioral Health Services.

This project fits within a larger project that provides technical assistance to community health centers and community behavioral health care providers in integrating primary health and behavioral health.   NACHC will be conducting an Assessment of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) Integrated Behavioral Health Services, following up with those FQHCs reporting that behavioral health care services have been integrated into their routine primary care practice. More

Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen the Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program. The first step in this study is to identify the key challenges for formative rural health network development through literature review and dialogue with expert informants. More

MyPlate. MyPlate is a USDA program designed to encourage healthy eating. NORC conducted qualitative research for the Network for a Healthy California to test two advertising campaigns promoting the MyPlate program and targeted to low-income minority groups. More

Surveying Small Employers to Inform the Design of State Insurance Exchanges. Surveying Small Employers to Inform the Design of State Insurance Exchanges, funded by the Commonwealth Fund, aims to collect data from 500 randomly selected private employers with 50 or fewer workers in the U.S. about public policy issues pertaining to the operation of health insurance exchanges.
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The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO). The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a 10-year contract funded by the State of Maine and  awarded to Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), NORC, and PCG Consulting (PCG). The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) was established by the Maine Legislature in 1996 as an independent executive agency responsible for the collection of clinical and financial health care information and created the nation's first All Payer Claims Database (APCD) in 2003. The MHDO contracted with the HSRI/NORC/PCG Team to transform the MHDO's current structure, technology, and overall APCD operations.   More

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