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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

CDC Dating Matters Experimental Evaluation. NORC at the University of Chicago is evaluating a CDC initiative to help urban communities prevent teen dating violence (TDV). On September 13th, 2011, Vice President Biden announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded grants to four communities (Baltimore, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, and Oakland/Hayward) for its new teen dating violence prevention initiative, Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.  More

Emergency Preparedness Planning: Modeling the Impact of Urban Evacuation on Surrounding and Rural Communities. ​​For the Western New York Public Health Alliance Advanced Practice Center (APC), NORC developed an evacuation modeling tool to predict likely evacuation destinations following emergency scenarios. 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

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Assessment. NACHC will be conducting an Assessment of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) Integrated Behavioral Health Services and following up with those FQHCs reporting that behavioral health care services have been integrated into their routine primary care practice. More

Obesity Prevention Evidence Based Models. NORC is developing an Obesity Prevention Evidence Based Model Toolkit, Obesity Prevention Report, and a promising practices issue brief detailing models for rural communities that are interested in implementing obesity prevention programs. More

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Headlines

News The Associated Press: The AP-NORC Center researched how Americans look at the quality of doctors More
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News Health Affairs: NORC's Jon Gabel discusses the Affordable Care Act and cancelled insurance plans More
Posted: 6.18.2014 9:58AM
News The New York Times: According to the GSS, people's attitudes towards sex and abortion have changed in America More
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News Forbes: The AP-NORC Center's research found that most Americans underestimate the cost of a nursing home More
Posted: 4.22.2014 4:30PM
Press Release NORC at the University of Chicago Selected by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Carry Out the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) More
Posted: 2.14.2014 10:44AM