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

Examining the risks of diesel fume exposure

Exposure to diesel exhaust increases the risk of lung cancer, studies show, but it isn’t clear how much exhaust is dangerous. Miners come in contact with some of the...

Finding better tuberculosis treatment

One-fourth of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis (TB). About 10.4 million people, including 1 million children, became ill with TB and 1.7 million died from TB infection...

Finding the road to health in Tennessee

How do your travel habits affect your health? What impact does transportation have on your community? City planners in Tennessee are beginning to pay more attention to these questions,...

How are our wounded warriors adjusting?

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by a group of veterans and friends to serve veterans and servicemembers who incurred a physical or...

How safe are nursery products?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) collects reliable data about the number of accidents and injuries that occur with nursery products such as cribs, bath seats, strollers, and high...

Improving the quality of medical labs in Africa

Cheikh Anta Diop University (CADU) in Dakar, Senegal is working to help improve the quality of medical laboratory testing in Africa. Westat partnered with CADU to establish a proficiency...

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