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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

Analytic Support for Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) Exchange Operations. ​As a subcontractor to IMPAQ International, LLC (IMPAQ), NORC provides assistance to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) on a variety of tasks related to the implementation of the state and federal Health Insurance Marketplaces.  More

Analyzing the Relationship Among Early Childhood Conditions, Reproduction of Socioeconomic Inequalities and Adult Health Disparities. This project analyzes the relationship between early health conditions, adult socioeconomic attainment, and adult health. The first goal of this study is to document the impact of early health conditions on adult socioeconomic and adult health outcomes. More

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Office of Rural Health, Policy, and Planning Group. ​NORC, in partnership with Atlas Research, provided program support for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Office of Rural Health (ORH). More

Evaluation of Primary Care/Mental Health Integration Project. NORC is working with Family Services Inc. to evaluate the effectiveness of a Behavioral  Health/Primary Care (BH/PC) integration project for adults with serious mental illness in Montgomery County Maryland. More

Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center. The NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health partnered to establish the Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center (RHR-PRC), one of seven rural health research centers funded by the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. More

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Headlines

News The Associated Press: The AP-NORC Center researched how Americans look at the quality of doctors More
Posted: 7.31.2014 5:12PM
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
Posted: 4.24.2014 5:30PM
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