Physical Health

Gathering accurate, relevant, and timely data on the health of Americans helps guide actions and policies to improve our nation’s well-being. Westat is in the field, conducting health research through surveys, interviewing, record abstracting, physical exams, and nutrition assessments to determine the status of our health.

Project Highlights

Administering a global health initiative

Non-communicable, chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease, cause 60% of all deaths globally, and that number is growing. Most of these deaths occur in...

Advancing tobacco product regulation through research

To exercise its legal authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires rigorous and timely scientific evidence to inform...

Are pesticides a health hazard for farmers?

Despite a lower overall mortality rate than the general population, farmers experience an excess of certain cancers, such as leukemia, myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and cancers of the lip, stomach,...

Assessing HIV in Malawi and Zimbabwe

The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to have severe impacts in sub-Saharan Africa. In Malawi and Zimbabwe, Westat assisted ICAP at Columbia University to survey the prevalence of HIV and the...

Botswana HIV/AIDS Prevention Project

Despite having one of the best public health systems in Africa, Botswana has had little success with reducing the prevalence of HIV. About 340,000 adults (23.4% of the population)...

Championing for a healthier diet

As part of its efforts to improve healthy eating behaviors and reduce obesity rates, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) asked 54 local health departments to carry out...

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