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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

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Research Comparative Effectiveness Research Public Use Data Pilot Project. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), in its effort to increase access to Medicare claims data, has contracted with IMPAQ International, NORC, and partners to develop public use files (PUF) to conduct comparative effectiveness research. More

Evaluation of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Beta Test. With funding from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), NORC conducted an evaluation of the beta test of the national voluntary public health accreditation program. 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

National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV) . NORC is conducting the first comprehensive survey of teen dating violence in the United States. This study is sponsored by the National Institute of Justice. The goal is to understand how widespread dating violence is among adolescents and teenagers in the U.S. With this information, researchers and practitioners will be able to design and implement effective programs to prevent dating violence. Unfortunately, current estimates of dating violence are incomplete and sometimes contradictory. This survey, which will use a random sample of households in the U.S., will provide a representative estimate of the prevalence of dating violence.  More

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) Risk Factor Survey. The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) program is the cornerstone of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. NORC conducts two projects related to CDC’s REACH U.S. program. NORC conducts an annual survey in 28 REACH U.S. grantee communities to provide quantitative data to measure progress toward eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in several health priority areas. NORC also uses existing data and a literature review to assess the role of cultural tailoring and translation on grantees’ activities related to policy, system and environmental changes.  More

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