Public Health

Education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention all help improve public health. Westat serves all these needs by supporting research on health care equity, quality, and delivery.

Project Highlights

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,...

Helping young people move out of foster care

Foster youth who “age out” of the child welfare system, known as transition-age youth, face education, employment, health, and mental health challenges exacerbated by a lack of support networks...

Improving the surveillance of HIV in Senegal

To better prevent and control the spread of HIV, the West African country of Senegal is working to establish a high-quality, country-wide HIV surveillance system. Like other countries in...

Keeping tabs on the health of Californians

Policymakers and researchers need a detailed picture of residents’ health and health care needs to promote policies that improve public health; conduct studies; justify programs that fight health threats...

NOPUS: Are you buckled up?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration use observational surveys of driver and occupant behavior to encourage vehicle occupants to wear safety belts...

Promoting eye health through communication

Left undiagnosed or untreated, eye diseases can lead to vision loss and/or blindness and have a devastating impact on people’s lives. Research conducted by the National Eye Institute’s (NEI’s)...

Social marketing to promote the flu vaccine

Each year, an estimated 20% of the U.S. population is infected with influenza (flu) and more than 200,000 are hospitalized from flu-related complications. The Centers for Disease Control and...

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