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Jan. 29, 2016

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Health Management and Informatics Professor Leads Largest Health Survey in Missouri

MU research center receives $2.13 million grant to survey more than 52,000 Missourians

Public health practitioners and researchers use county-level health data to identify and address major community health issues such as diabetes, asthma and smoking. To help continue this type of research, the Missouri Foundation for Health has awarded a $2.13 million grant to researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, to conduct a 2016 county-level health surveillance study of the state.

Bill Wells, MD

Wells

Bill Wells, PhD, clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics and director of the Health and Behavioral Risk Research Center, will serve as the principal investigator of the surveillance study. The Health and Behavioral Risk Research Center is part of the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the MU School of Medicine.

“The county-level study will be the largest health surveillance survey ever conducted in Missouri,” Wells said. “We will survey 52,400 Missouri residents in 2016. Data collection began in January and will continue through December 2016.”

The study will provide estimates of how common certain health issues are in different areas of the state. Residents will be selected at random for this survey, and they will have the opportunity to participate in the study by phone. Data gathered from the study will help supplement previous studies conducted in 2007 and 2011.

“The information we collect will help provide health professionals and policymakers with an improved understanding of the health status and unique needs of different communities across the state of Missouri,” Wells said.

The Missouri Foundation for Health is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the health of Missouri communities.

An overview of the 2016 county-level study, design and data is available at http://www.health.mo.gov/data/cls/index.php.


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