OSR (Office of Survey Research)
The Office of Survery Research at The University of Texas has been providing service to faculty at UT and other university, state agencies and non-profit organizations since 1986. OSR can provide any or all of the following services for research projects that have a focus group research component.
- Focus Group Research Design
- Recruitment of Participants (including Spanish speaking participants)
- Focus Group Moderating (English and Spanish)
- Double Mirror Focus Group Facilities
- Digital Recording Equipment
- Ability to Schedule Daytime, Evening, or Weekend Focus Group Sessions
- Transcription Service
- Translation Services of Spanish Focus Group Sessions into English
- Analysis and Reporting
- Culturally Competent Services Bibliography
National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown
University. Contains an annotated bibliography that focuses on
assessing current services for cultural sensitivity, developing
culturally competent services and providing services in a multicultural
health care context.
- National Center for Cultural Competence
The National Center for Cultural Competence is a division of the
George Washington University Child Development Center and Center
for Child Health and Maternal Health Policy in the Department of
Pediatrics. The mission of the Center is to improve the capacity
of health care programs, and to develop, implement and evaluate
cultural competence in health care delivery systems. An online newsletter
provides information related to developing cultural competent programs
- Initiative to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in
This website is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services and describes the Initiative to Eliminate Racial
and Ethnic Disparities in Health. Areas targeted include infant
mortality, cancer screening and management, cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and immunizations.
- Office of Minority Health
The mission of the Office of Minority Health continues to be to
stimulate action at all levels to enhance program outcomes which
can lead to the elimination of health disparities. As a follow
up, it will continue to post educational and informational materials
from the Summit including the full text of the Community Resources
Toolkit, speaker contact information, a special issue of Closing
the Gap covering Summit highlights, and more.
- The Diversity Rx Web Site
Promotes language and cultural competence to improve the quality
of health care for minority, immigrant, and ethnically diverse
communities, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures,
Resources for Cross Cultural Health Care, and the Henry J. Kaiser
- Minority Health Project
This project is sponsored by the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill School of Public Health in collaboration with the
National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease
Control and the Association of Schools of Public Health.
- Texas-Mexico Border Health Services Delivery Project
Office of Community Outreach & Education
University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center
This office assists medically underserved communities along the
Texas-Mexico Border and in Greater Houston. The office manages
the Texas-Mexico Border Health Projects, works in institutional-community
collaborative educational efforts, and serves as a liaison between
the University of Texas (UT)-Houston, UT System Administration,
and persons and agencies with a community health and primary health
care education focus.
- A new on-line journal explores the problems and challenges of health disparities among the diverse populations of the United States. The first two issues are now available online at: http://chdr.unlv.edu/JHDRP.htm
- National Institute for Diabetes & Digestive &
Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
This office conducts and supports basic and clinical biomedical
research related to diabetes, digestive, and kidney diseases.
The website provides health information, research funding opportunities,
clinical trials, and information about the NIDDK Laboratories,
as well as NIDDK reports, testimony, and plans for the future.
The link below takes you to a recent news release about the
latest NIDDK findings related to diabetes. The home page of
the NIDDK can be easily accessed from this link.
and exercise dramatically delay Type 2 diabetes: Diabetes medication
Metformin also effective
- Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD)
This Center is dedicated to conducting and disseminating information
to expand the life choices of women with disabilities. Has database
on psychosocial behaviors of women with physical disabilities
compared to women without disabilities, which is the first empirical
data on a population of women with physical disabilities ages
18 through 35. Sponsored by Baylor College of Medicines
Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, Houston, TX.
- Chronic Net
The national information and referral center for children and
youth with disabilities from birth to 22 years of age. Provides
information on disease related issues for professionals, educators
and families of children and youth with disabilities. Includes
data at the national, state and local level, a rolodex of experts
and statistics related to chronic diseases in this age group.
- Health Promotion for Women with Disabilities Project
Provides health related information for women with disabilities
regardless of the cause for promoting health and improving quality
of life. Sponsored by the College of Nursing of Villanova University
with a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb.
PREMIER is a research study that tested the effects of comprehensive and simultaneous lifestyle changes on blood pressure. Weight loss, exercise, and a healthy diet each reduce blood pressure and control hypertension without medication. PREMIER compared three different programs that combine lifestyle changes to reduce blood pressure.
This study showed that people with above-optimal blood pressure, including stage 1 hypertension, can successfully make multiple lifestyle changes that lower blood pressure. Together, these lifestyle changes should substantially lower the risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and perhaps cancer. Details of these results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2003.
This website is for those who want more information about the design and conduct of PREMIER, or who are interested in the materials used in the study. If used or adapted for other projects, please state that the materials were used with permission of the PREMIER collaborative research group.
Other Undeserved Populations